Recently, a friend of mine (thanks Dan!) encouraged me to write fiction. Actually, the encouragement came primarily through him talking about a novel that he’s working on. So, (since he twisted my arm) I decided to start writing some fiction as well.
Several years ago – okay, many, many years ago – I wrote a few short stories. Primarily, I wrote these as school assignments, but I enjoyed writing them. A few years after that, I wrote another series of stories. This time, the stories were still fictional, but they were more closely related to parables than short stories.
But, I haven’t written fiction for a long time, and I’ve never written it like this. I have a story in mind, but I’m primarily writing it in short episodes. (I don’t know if I’m going to do anything with these stories, but if I do, I’ll probably let you know.)
I’m enjoying this change of writing genre and format. I’m learning to express myself in different ways. Specifically, I have to write narrative and dialogue in manner that my theme and message will be apparent without stating it outright. (Of course, I could have a character state it or think it, but that’s still different.) Plus, I have to consider plot, setting, characterization, etc.
I think this exercise is helping me to become a better writer overall. And, thinking about this, I wondered if any of my readers have written fiction. Or perhaps some of my readers have written other genres: journalism, poetry, anything.
So, what about you? Have you ever written fiction? Have you ever written any other type of genre? Do you find that writing in different genres helps your writing overall?