In honor of upcoming NaNoWriMo, I’m here as your friendly neighborhood multi-genre writer to remind you that your fiction can benefit greatly from studying multiple genres.
What can a fiction writer learn from poetry?
Why the beginnings and ends of things matter
How to use imagery like you would a scalpel, or a needle, or a broom
What can a fiction writer learn from screenwriting?
Story structure (mythic structure)
How to follow an image or symbolic prop through a story
Thematic through-lines, the “spine” of story
How to incorporate complex world building without excess exposition
What can a fiction writer learn from comics?
Story structure: manga in particular often uses kishotenketsu
How to manipulate time
Isolating the important moments of a story/doing scene breakdowns
Character design: how physicality of characters can connect to their personalities/arcs
What can a fiction writer learn from nonfiction?
Figure out where the narrative structure is in a nonfiction book. There is one. That is why nonfiction books are interesting.
Then go read Mary Rufle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey and have some feelings. Okay? Okay.