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    Greetings from New York!

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    Howdy & Welcome. I love that your interests are wide and varying. I do have a naive question...genres are often ambiguous so what is an Urban Fantasy?
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    Welcome from a fellow New Yorker with similar interests! (Well not YA, but cooking wine, dogs, and classic rock.)

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    Hi! Welcome to AW! I wish my mother would say something like that to me, normally she just kind of nods when I'm talking about writing because she's not a big reader.

    How far are you in your Urban Fantasy piece right now? I just started a new YA that is a planned trilogy at the end of November. I'll be done with the rough draft soon and start working on an outline and then re-writing. I'm still trying to figure out if it's more of an urban fantasy, or a paranormal romance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWallace View Post
    Howdy & Welcome. I love that your interests are wide and varying. I do have a naive question...genres are often ambiguous so what is an Urban Fantasy?
    Please allow this one stupid amnesty question. Thanks
    I'm going to use a Wiki quote to answer your question only because I am in the midst of cleaning my gross apartment right now.

    Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements. However, the stories can take place in historical, modern, or futuristic periods, as well as fictional settings. The prerequisite is that they must be primarily set in a city.

    I usually stick with contemporary times.

    Btw, there are no stupid questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandakelley View Post
    Hi! Welcome to AW! I wish my mother would say something like that to me, normally she just kind of nods when I'm talking about writing because she's not a big reader.

    How far are you in your Urban Fantasy piece right now? I just started a new YA that is a planned trilogy at the end of November. I'll be done with the rough draft soon and start working on an outline and then re-writing. I'm still trying to figure out if it's more of an urban fantasy, or a paranormal romance.
    Thanks! You should try getting her into reading! My mom doesn't read my type of fiction, and I'm sure if she knew what I'm working on she'd shake her head and call me crazy.

    I'm only about 25,000 words in. I had to learn the wonderful art of getting it down and not editing as I go. It has helped a lot.

    Wow, I wish I were done already and onto the re-writing stage. That's great! I know paranormal romance is mostly romance with supernatural themes, and urban fantasy is the opposite (if it includes romance, that is). Think Kim Harrison. She scatters romance in, but for the most part is categorized under UF.

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    Btw, thanks everyone for being so welcoming! It's very hard to find people who care to listen to me ramble on about world building and characterization. Lol.

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    Well, those people are just silly-heads. World-building is fun and fascinating. Although it bugs me that my grasp of science is so weak I'm always having to ask our kids questions on whether something is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryn View Post
    Well, those people are just silly-heads. World-building is fun and fascinating. Although it bugs me that my grasp of science is so weak I'm always having to ask our kids questions on whether something is possible.

    Maryn, who can out-spell them
    I completely understand! My magic has a strong foundation in science (I have no idea why I did this to myself)! I absolutely hated science in high school, so I'm finding ways to work around it. I have plenty of friends who are in love with chemistry, biology, and physics. I pretty much bother them constantly whenever I get stuck.
    It's good to have overtly 'nerdy' friends.

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    Welcome. I like a good urban fantasy. Sci-fi, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.L Covington View Post
    Thanks! You should try getting her into reading! My mom doesn't read my type of fiction, and I'm sure if she knew what I'm working on she'd shake her head and call me crazy.

    I'm only about 25,000 words in. I had to learn the wonderful art of getting it down and not editing as I go. It has helped a lot.

    Wow, I wish I were done already and onto the re-writing stage. That's great! I know paranormal romance is mostly romance with supernatural themes, and urban fantasy is the opposite (if it includes romance, that is). Think Kim Harrison. She scatters romance in, but for the most part is categorized under UF.
    I've tried SO much! I think I've seen her read about five books in the last ten years. She went through a spurt where she was reading a bit, but then it just...died.

    Ah, yes. I'm learning that as well! It drives me crazy looking at it right now. I'm doing this new thing where I just write on the way through and let it flow out and don't worry about too much research that will slow me down and not too much detail or editing. I just write.

    I'll go back after this first draft is done and see what I want to keep and what I don't want to and what I want to add and so forth and create a full outline based on it with notes and then rewrite the entire thing. And then the third draft will be revisions and edits and other things.

    Yeah, that's how mine is right now. And I always have romance in mine. ALWAYS. What's a good story without romance? :P

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