Sunday, 1 May 2011


Have you ever stopped to think about the medium you work in? You write, obviously, but there is a world of difference between writing a short story and a novel, a novel and a play, a play and an epic poem in faultless Spencerian rhyme schemes. Or just a haiku.

Why do you write what you do? Some people like short stories, and others like novels, but why have you made the choices that you have? Is it because you want something finished quickly, or something you can commit to for a while? Is it even (ha!) because you think a particular form has the most money in it?

Or do you choose your form based on the story? You may have read graphic novel adaptations of novels, or indeed vice versa, and if so, you’ll know that the medium you choose contributes a lot to the way the story gets told in the end. So that choice is important.

So important, in fact, that it might be best not to do what most people (myself included) often do. That is to decide at the start “I’m going to write a novel/short story/play” and only then brainstorm for ideas. What about you? Do you have anything lying around that might benefit from a change of medium?

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