After publishing newspaper articles, creating this blog, releasing my first children’s book and producing and writing scripts for Sparta 2016 I am not ready to settle down into any particular genre of writing. I am in fact thinking, my next great adventure might be writing a script for the stage. Watch out GCTC, my writing may be headed your way by the New Year.
The commitment of putting all my energy into only one genre or area of writing when the spectrum is so broad and there is so much enjoyment to be had from them as a writer with a versatile writing style doesn’t parse with my muse.
It wasn’t that long ago someone who had their feet deep in the movie industry told me there was no making a success of yourself as a screenwriter unless you were only writing screenplays. Only writing screenplays? But where I wonder do many screenwriters learn the basics of story structure first? Elementary school my dear Watson? Reading picture books and YA novels and learning about plot and character, story structure, syntax and the beginning principles of proper use of grammar?
Of course it could go back to high school English where grammar classes and writing essays were much of what English teachers spent their time assigning when not molding future great literary minds by strictly telling them to read the classics. Books by great authors like King, Atwood or Munro come to mind.
Michelle Berry’s book Interference is phenomenal. I also recently enjoyed reading John Green’s enchanting novel The Fault in Our Stars. It was hard to put down all the way to the last page. I digress. Read on! Emma Donoghue’s ROOM is a compelling read too.
So it is important for screenwriters to understand basic English grammar and story structure before they can begin crafting their scripts. But here’s the catch, the structure of the story is different when discussing novels and screenplays.
I digress, if I could choose writing just one genre and be satisfied I might be short changed in the experience of reaching out to different audiences and understanding the needs and interests of one group of readers to another. I like the challenge that writing so diversely brings. My five cents, don’t limit yourself. Write widely and wildly. Learn about the craft of writing that goes into a horror story compared to the challenges of writing a successful drama. (Or whatever genre floats your boat.) As for me, I’m just going to keep stringing words together and let them take the form of whatever genre they please.