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 find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last time, will be writing genres.
where humanity lives in a utopia and technology has removed society’s problems
- Make your imagined society idealistic with a goal of perfect conditions.
- Most often, the ideals include peace, equality, and justice. Pick one that you focus on.
- Whatever ideal you select, don’t ignore its flaws. Show how to overcome them.
- Use your utopian novel as a chance to explore an idea you disagree with–be a ‘devil’s advocate’.
- Your plot will probably include the MC discovering something about the utopia that isn’t perfect and figuring out how to cope with it.
- The utopian world may be perfect, but the MC may have a conflict within himself that conflicts with this perfection.
- The underlying design can be anything that works–feminism, capitalism, patriarchy, anarchy, or religion
- Innerscape by acflories (loved this book)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
- Manna by Marshall Brain
- Republic by Plato
- Utopia by Sir Thomas More
- Walden Two by B.F. Skinner
BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these V-Z genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and a link for where to purchase.
More U Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. 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, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022