What Genre Should I Write – A Quiz

by Nettie on July 4, 2011

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In the best spirit of Cosmo, the Jacky and many other teenage magazines, I thought we’d have a fun quiz to see what genre you should be writing in. Eyes down!

1. You’re out for a walk in a country park. Do you –

a) Enjoy the scenery, thinking how the hero and heroine in your WIP could fall in love over a picnic?

b) Wonder if grass would grow in zero-gravity?

c) Ponder whether you’d describe the scene as verdant, lush, or bucolic?

d) Worry you might come across a dead body swinging from a tree?

2. During a boring meeting do you –

a) Imagine working late with the gorgeous guy opposite?

b) Think how much more you’d get done if robots would go to meetings for you?

c) Take the minutes down as rhyming couplets?

d) Think a pen would make a good weapon?

3. Which movie would you rather see –

a) Sleepless In Seattle?

b) Star Trek

c) Cyrano De Bergerac

d) Silence of the Lambs

4. What would be your favourite food –

a) An ice cream with two spoons so you could share it with the one you love?

b) Some rehydrated stew and apple-sauce desert?

c) Nectar washed down by a flagon of mead?

d) Liver with fava beans?

5. You’ve won the lottery! What would you do first –

a) Take your significant other on holiday to a secluded beach – after a fabulous wedding, of course?

b) Book a seat on Virgin Galactic?

c) Take a holiday retracing the steps of Byron in Europe?

d) Realise you can afford to pay for that hit-man at last?

6.  Would you like as your epitaph –

a) Beloved ……?

b) Live long and prosper?

c) Left us for those Elyssian fields…?

d) She knew where the bodies were?


Add up your scores and see the results below.

Mostly a)

You are a romantic soul who loves nothing better than a good, old fashioned love story. Whether it be regency, chic-lit or hot and heavy, a love story is where your heart lies.

Mostly b)

Science Fiction is the genre for you. Your imagination takes you to other worlds and planets populated by alien life-forms. Set your novel in the future and you’ll find words flow more easily for you.

Mostly c)

You have the heart and soul of a poet. Fiction might not be for you but if you have to write prose, literary fiction may be where your interests lie.

Mostly d)

You are a sick puppy who loves nothing better than a bit of bloody murder – and the bloodier the better. You may also want to consult a good psychiatrist. Soon.

What did the quiz say about you? Let me know in the comments. And remember, this quiz is 100% scientifically accurate. Ahem.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Marisa Birns July 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Hmm. Well, it seems I’m a romantic sick puppy writing poetry and living in the future.

No, seriously! *cough*

This just tells you I’m a bad quiz taker :)


Sandra Mackness July 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Well, you got me sussed! The quiz is fun to do and pinpoints the truth. Only thing spoiling my romantic soul was that extra spoon for sharing the ice cream. Hmm….


Derek Flynn July 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I think I’m torn between b) and c). I want to be an Intergalactic Romantic! Very funny post.


clarekirkpatrick July 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

Hahahah! That’s very funny, Nettie :) What was your answer?

Mine said romance!


Sue Benwell July 5, 2011 at 11:30 am

What a surprise! I answered “A” to all of them. Maybe that’s why I’m having problems writing my book…I’m trying to write a crime novel, instead of getting the main characters together.


Olivia Magdelene July 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I love this, Nettie. :) Totally pegged me as a poet writing literary fiction.


kez July 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm

your quiz confirmed it …….I’m a nutter with a thing for ice cream ……mmm maybe a plot a dairy thriller !


ThirtyCreative July 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I guess I will need to accept it and go for the romance 4 out of 6.


Manchester's Artistic Son August 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

yey I got straight C’s and I’m an ex-poet trying my hand at lit fiction. your quiz is magic!! lol.


Ian November 14, 2011 at 12:18 am

It said that i should write murder books. I’ve been considering writing murder novels, but can’t ever think of a plot line. I can always think of the place, the weapon, and usually the victim, and many possible people who want to get rid of said victim, but i cant figure out the characters or main plot line. I need help!


ni January 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

Hi Ian, you have your foundation. Start writing and let your characters lead you down path of their calling. Get the words down and move on from there. You can always tweak it up later.


liferesounding June 9, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I’m a romantic! To be honest, I did not see that coming.


Annette June 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm



writeabook October 17, 2012 at 2:35 am

im a ROMANTIC?!??!? awww… i guess i HAVE been kinda obsessed with romance novels… TEAM EDWARD (teehee)


bel8910 January 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I answered 3 questions with a, and 3 with b. So it’s a tie between science fiction and romance?


Jessica February 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Definitely true. I got poet and while I do love writing poetry, I wish that I was better with fiction. But for the life of me, I can’t do plots or character development. Though I can write a very enthralling scene description! Ugh.


Lauren March 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

All A’s . . . Not a surprise! Hehe!!! Better start my novel, now that I know I’m a soppy romantic!!


Hannah December 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I got the sick puppy who loves bloody murder >:D


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