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August 5 question – Quote: “Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don’t write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be.”
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?
Thanks for this topic. Before replying, I have a question of my own : who is the quote from ?
As I write mostly poetry and short fiction, the form takes over almost immediately. However a poem can start as a prose poem, then become a flash fiction, sometimes even a short story if inspiration hits that way. Or it can evolve into verse, as a narrative poem.
I can’t see how a novel can be anything but a novel from the onset, as this form, I think, needs a very strong idea which grows over time, and careful planning. Personally, my novel in progress firstly formed in my head: the main idea, the characters and the plot line; and came together over several years before I set upon writing it in earnest.
The short story is I suppose the most malleable of forms, content- and lengthwise. It may create enough material for a novel if written in the form of a series, maybe too I suppose.
Poetry, however brings with it a whole different universe: form in verse or prose; vocabulary more to do with ideas, feelings, atmosphere, descriptions than events except in the case of a narrative poem. I enjoy its concise, gem-like matter. When I write Poetry, I feel that the creative process is heightened and that is when, also, I feel most like an artist.
Thank you for visiting. Wishing you an inspiring August and a fun IWSG’s day.
In the field, neighbouring our hotel in Leiketio, Spanish Basque Country.
On the road through the Tour de France passes in the Pyrenees. (Cols des crêtes, Col du Tourmalet)