Due to this pandemic raging across the world, the months are flying by in a state of anxiety and lockdowns. The eight month of the year has arrived, this is one year that can fly past quickly and I won’t mind at all.
Luckily for me, as I am writing so much, I don’t feel the impact of the situation that much, as my mind is on my book. This time I remembered the IWSG post in time, well before the first Wednesday of the month rolled into view.
IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of every month. We writers are so fond of discussing our writing, talking about books, characters, stories, revisions and publishing, that I’m sure other than another writer, no one will be interested in our conversations. Our IWSG posts usually focus on our writing related issues, worries, fears and doubts. Do visit the IWSG website, its full of amazing and informative posts.
IWSG was started by the talented and brilliant allrounder Alex J Cavanaugh: writer, blogger, musician and a wonderful human who has taken it upon himself to help fellow writers. Alex has many other aces up his sleeve. Alex is the author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, with more bestsellers in the offing.
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?
I usually choose a form or a genre in advance, that way I know exactly who my audience is, what my style will be and what word count I should restrict myself to. This way I save myself the trouble and the hassle of explaining to an editor why I veered so much from the general form. Though I take liberties in the story, but I stick to the form/genre in general.
What about you all? Do you all choose the form/genre in advance or it’s the other way round?