|Essential Tools For Writers - Maria A Smith|
Writing in different genres, or about different topics, in many forms is a great opportunity, or perhaps you're a bit of a butterfly writer like me. I struggle to settle to anything for long, and thrive on tackling lots of different pieces of writing at the same time.
For instance. I'm blogging articles on writing every day this month, writing short flash fiction pieces, as well as editing a scene from the second draft of a third novel. I'm also rethinking my first novel, and subbing a short story to a competition, and writing a letter to a magazine in the hopes I'll win a jar of face cream!
Blimey! That is a long list. Now I know why - I wish I had more time. But seriously, a few years ago, I wrote an article on the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. A challenge set by the writers group I attended at the time, I was very last minute choosing my topic, in fact, shopping in Tesco, the night before, (I am the Queen of last minute!) I saw the charity's collection tin standing at the side of the till, and I thought that will do as a topic!
When I got home, I read up on Marie Curie herself, and set to and wrote a 1000 word article on her, and her contribution to science, as well as the one on the charity. However, Marie Curie's story left such an impact, it stayed with me for days afterwards.
So much so, I then went on and wrote a piece of flash fiction based on what happened to someone else who was close to Marie Curie around the time of her death. As well as a longer piece of writing, involving a character in the background of her life.
I really enjoyed the experience of doing several things connected with one topic, once I had done the initial research, ideas came to me, it was a challenge to come up with ideas for the writing, I enjoyed it and it made me versatile, and eager to write.
Have you got extra mileage out of a piece of writing? Did it lead onto something else? Has writing a short story, made you write a song? Or vice versus? Maybe a novel you wrote, led onto something else?
How versatile are you?