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Rubbish to Published: Picking your audience and genre – Writing Stream Recap

Last stream we continued our Rubbish to Published series, where we start from absolutely nothing and create something “publishable.”

We’d created our “idea toolbox” in the previous stream, so this time we took the next step: picking out audience and genre.

To start off we talked about the different: (1) story types, (2) audiences, and (3) genres. You can see what we came up with here:

Click here to see the text writeup of audience and genre.

There was a lot to discuss, and we only barely scraped the surface of genre/audience. But picking your genre/audience early on can definitely help if you’re feeling overwhelmed by writing possibilities.

Personally I’m very excited with the audience/genre that chat voted for. It’s going to be a challenge, and I’m anxious to tackle it!

After that, me moved on to today’s prompt. But instead of doing a writing prompt, I was happy to announce that TWO of the pitches we’d submitted to the #TwitchWriters Anthology a few streams ago had been chosen by the editors! Here’s the two they chose:

PITCH #1: David was suddenly told by his parents at age five that he was adopted. But, in an alternate universe, they told him at age fifteen. In another, at twenty-five, and in yet another, at age fifty. Each time results in David perceiving himself differently, drastically changing the course of his life. But how much do our parents really define who we are?

PITCH #2: Sera, the first child born on Mars, sees Earth as an alien planet. She finds beauty in the familiar red rocky landscapes and orange sky outside her glass dome, not in the strange greens and blues in her classroom’s photos of foreign lakes and forests. Her parents and the other adults on Mars insist that she is an “Earthling” and a “human,” but Sera isn’t sure. How can she be part of the their species if she wasn’t even born on the same planet? Sera decides that she needs to take drastic action to prove her Martian identity once and for all.

I had the chat vote, and they decided to help write the 250-word synopsis for Pitch #1, David and his parallel-universe adoption experience. I’ll write the synopsis for Pitch #2 myself later, and submit them both to round two. Fingers crossed!

If you want to join us and help write a story by trolling in chat, or share your own writing for feedback, then we’d love to have you. We stream on Twitch every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30pm-9:30pm (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).

And you missed the stream, you can still watch Rubbish to Published on YouTube, or watch the full stream on rerun until Twitch deletes it.

Hope to see you next time, friend!

Featured image: Pakutaso

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