Genre tips

#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Prose

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last three times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.

This genre:



Prose is ordinary language that follows regular grammatical conventions and does not contain a formal metrical structure. This definition is an example of prose writing, as is most human conversation, textbooks, lectures, novels, short stories, fairy tales, newspaper articles, and essays.

OK, not really a genre but an important style of writing. Authors may select to write prose as opposed to poetry.  

Tipsa to z

  1. Choose between four common types of prose: Nonfiction, fiction, heroic, and prose poetry.
  2. Voice is critical to successful prose.
  3. Convey an idea, deliver information, or tell a story. This is the promise of prose.
  4. Prose are often conversational in tone, a vehicle for connecting with the reader.
  5. While you should think about flow and pacing, don’t worry about rhyme or metrical structure.
  6. Avoid cliches.
  7. Write clearly without repetition.

Popular Books

  1. fiction
  2. non-fiction
  3. journalism
  4. textbooks
  5. encyclopedias
  6. history
  7. philosophy
  8. law
  9. essays
  10. conversation

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. 

42 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Prose

  1. Great post! An important genre indeed, a needed part of the writing world. We’d be lost without prose.

    I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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    • It’s a really big group within ‘writing’. Any among us who don’t write poetry probably write prose (I’d say absolutely, but I don’t really believe in absolutes).

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  2. Hi Jacqui – there’s lots more reminders of essays that are published in this lock-down time … an interesting line of reading … that I’m sure many of don’t read … I’ve got a couple here – that I must settle to read sometime: being the operative word. Take care – Hilary

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  3. What a great idea! I agree, doing that every day probably wouldn’t work for me either. I plan to do this once a week starting 4th! I’ve never thought of prose as a genre, but only because I sadly, didn’t know what it was until this post! Thank you for the useful information!

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    • I’ve known writing is prose or poetry (fiction or non-fiction–like that) for a long time but the idea didn’t snap into place until I considered genres. I’m glad you like this.


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