1. waitingforzion
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    No Genre for Epistle in this Forum

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by waitingforzion, Jan 8, 2015.

    I want to start posting pieces for critique, but at first I will not be doing stories. I have a fictional letter / prose poem I am trying to write. I do not know where to put this piece, and I don't know if anyone even wants to critique an epistle. It seems like the majority of this forum is focused on novels and short stories. I can't even put my piece under poetry, because it is an epistle, not a poem. The problem is, if I keep posting paragraphs for critique outside the critique area, people will start to get increasingly annoyed, because, as it has been pointed out, I keep on bypassing the requirements for critique.
     
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    I'm not sure the Epistle is a popular enough form to merit it's own section to be honest. I'd just put it under poetry, and have something like *Epistle* in the title.
     
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    I run into the same problem of taxonomy, so I just consider anything not a short-story or novel a poem, personally.
    Vignettes, slam pieces, artistic essays etc
    Loads of famous writers made words turn into a poetic rendering of an idea, I think if it fits the spirit that no one'd think twice.
     
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    General fiction.

    Or whichever existing category is, in your opinion, the best fit.

    It's not reasonable to expect a special category to be created for every obscure niche you come up with.

    But consider this. If the niche you are writing to is truly sparse, good luck on finding a publisher if and when you choose to submit for publishing.
     
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    Cogito is entirely correct. Sacrifice your vision on the alter of marketability. After all, what writer has ever challenged the system, or chosen their own path?

    I think Robert Frost's words are the most apt in this moment,
    "Two roads diverged in the wood, and I almost went down one, but them decided that people might like me better if I went down the other one, so I took the one that everyone before me had taken."
     
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    It could probably fit in poetry or general fiction, but I very strongly urge you to start with something simple and clear instead.
     

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