I'm just curious. I've been looking through different publishing houses who allow open unsolicited manuscripts and got to thinking about writing specific genres. I tend to bounce across all different genre lines in different stories I write. Sometimes they might be more general fiction, sometimes thrillers, sometimes sci-fi/fantasy, sometimes historical...but right now I feel like I'm on a horror kick. Everything I think of is somehow dark, scary, and a little morbid. Not that I'm much of a dark person, quite the optimist actually. I notice how a lot of publishers shy away from straight genre, but what really defines a genre? Is it the overall plot? Is it the writing itself and use of language? Is it the theme? The characters? I realize there's a pretty bold line between what general fiction and sci-fi/fantasy is (generally sci-fi/fantasy doesn't happen on our world, includes magic, unknown science, aliens, creatures, beings of non human origins.) But like romance, what is the difference between a general fiction with romance in it, or a straight "romance MM book?" What the difference between a thrilling general fiction novel and a genre thriller? I'm not really asking a question for myself, like what genre am I writing? .... but just some general genre questions. And: What do you write most of, a specific genre or general fiction type stories?