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I’m feeling a little confused right now, both about my “real” life and my writing life. A lot of stuff seems to be happening. Very little of it makes any sense to me. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say for this month’s IWSG post, but then I saw the optional IWSG 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?
Oh, that’s an easy one! I always know I’m writing science fiction. I have never been interested in writing anything else, not even for a moment, not even once!
At various points in my life, writing teachers have tried to convince me to be more flexible. They’d ask me to try something different. Sometimes they would insist, as teachers do. “You never know,” they’d say. “You might like it!” But I did know. I was not going to like it. Not unless I could sneak a Sci-Fi element into the assignment somehow.
I’ll admit I was surprised to discover how much I enjoy writing short stories and novella length fiction. When I was young, I assumed I wanted to write Sci-Fi novels. But by writing in shorter forms, I can tell more Sci-Fi stories. And that’s the thing I want most. That’s the thing I’ve always wanted most: to tell more and more and more Sci-Fi stories!
And you know, with all the weird and confusing stuff going on right now, it is nice to feel confident about at least one thing. I write science fiction. That’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to write. That’s the only thing I ever will want to write. I may be questioning a bunch of other stuff about myself right now, but I can at least feel confident about that one thing.