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When the NaNoWriMo forums were created in 2002 only one genre lounge existed, called "Me And My Genre". In 2003 genres were separated for the first time. The literary fiction, young adult, and mystery forums were formed and remain mostly unchanged to this day, as well as the forum for other genres. Spiritual and new age fiction also remains mostly unchanged, though novels that fall under the religious umbrella have been added to this forum. Fantasy, science fiction, and horror were assigned to the same forum, a move that caused much debate until their separation. Romance and erotic fiction suffered much debate until their separation.
From 2003 to 2018, an Other Genres forums existed for Wrimos writing outside of the genres with existing genre lounges. In September 2019, the Genres forum became a top-level forum instead of a container category, replacing the Other Genres forum. Its subforums correspond to each genre forum.
Genre forums generally correspond to the genre drop down available in the Novel Info section of My NaNoWriMo, but there may be a disparity, as the two modules are not linked. You can also write in your own genre when creating your NaNoWriMo project. Genre lounges are not intended to be exhaustive. New genres are rarely created, and only for the next season. It requires substantial overtaking of another genre forum before a new genre will be created. However, Discourse's tags make it possible to tag posts by genre or subgenre, as well as finding posts by tag.
There may be debate regarding the definition of a given genre. NaNoWriMo does not define genre for participants; rather, genre is chosen by the participants themselves. Participants may post in any forum they feel their thread fits, including genres outside of the one they have identified as their own. Some forums are acknowledged as not being "genres", such as Young Adult and Fanfiction, but are given a genre forum as they are considered to have enough popularity and traffic to justify their forums.
Participants who are unsure of their novel's genre may ask for other participants' help identifying the genre in the Genres forum.
The Genres forum
"If you have a story that doesn't fit in one of our subforums, this is your home! Countless genres, subgenres, and crossovers combined. Whether you're not sure or need to find your fellows, this is your home! Formerly "Other Genres," this forum has been renamed to fit its expanded purpose." (September 2019-present)
Topics and Threads
- A sticky post for identifying your genre
See the above list of global moderators for any past moderators
Current NaNoWriMo Genre Forums
- Erotic Fiction
- Historical Fiction
- Horror & Supernatural
- LGBT+ Fiction
- Literary Fiction
- Mystery & Thriller
- Realistic Fiction
- Religious & Spiritual
- Satire & Humor
- Science Fiction
- Speculative Fiction
- Women's Fiction
- YA, Middle Grade, & New Adult
Script Frenzy Genre Lounges
In the case of Script Frenzy, the genre lounges were born with the forums.
- Romance/Romantic Comedy
- Other Genres