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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?
That is an interesting question. I would have to say I outline everything and plan out every aspect of the project I'm working on. This does include the genre. Write below the summary or plot of the project, I include what genre it is in. Writing outlines for me helped reduce unintended stuff. For the most part, but I end up adding hints of horror or dark fantasy into my writing in some way. I guess this counts. It does since I don't intend to include horror elements, but I guess it's hard for me to not include the underworld, demons, spirits, the undead or something like that. Some of my projects, not all of them. It just gets a little boring to me without paranormal or horror.
For the most part though, I plan in advance. This way, I feel it's best to know where I'm going and it's a roadmap for me to follow. I understand every writer is different, but personally, I do find it easier to stick to the genre I picked.