All Kinds of Writing

At Pub Crawl, we naturally focus on writing and publishing novels, but of course there are plenty of other careers out there for writers. Before I started writing young adult books, I was exclusively focused on science fiction and fantasy short stories — and I still manage to write at least a couple of those a year. Before short fiction, I was interested in writing screenplays and for television. Perhaps one day I will share my unproduced spec scripts for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Nickelodeon’s CatDog: the first written works I completed, revised, and submitted. They were rejected, but they were important steps in building the discipline and persistence that serve writers so well.

Many working writers have a variety of projects; I’m currently freelancing, doing technical writing, marketing copy, blog posts, and articles while drafting my next book. My friends and colleagues write media tie-in novels for exciting properties like Star Trek and Star Wars, comic books for DC and Marvel, video games. I love writing YA, but it’s hard not to dream about those possibilities and hope for chances to branch out too. Fortunately, proven success in one written format often leads to opportunities in other areas.

I love films and TV so much (too much, my wife might say, as she scrutinizes my video collection), I would still love to work in that world one day, from a writers room or perhaps through the pages of a tie-in novel or a web series. It would be great to write video game scripts, or provide some of the in-world text to flesh out the setting and history. I want to write plays, too, even though I have no idea what that involves! I know those industries are probably not as glamorous as they seem from the outside, but neither is writing novels (shocking, right?), and I want to write so many more of those as well: middle grade, adult, horror, literary… you name it.

I think wanting to write in all these different media is about the appeal of storytelling. My motivation is to entertain people, and writing more broadly is just a way of reaching bigger audiences and engaging with them differently. My work was inspired by TV and movies and cartoons as much as books, so of course I want to try telling stories more visually. In fact, it’s all about trying something new, pushing out of the comfort zone, taking risks — and bringing together my diverse passions and interests into one amazing job that feels more like fun than work.

So aside from novels, what else do you write, or what would you like to write one day? Tell us in the comments below. Assume that anything is possible, because it is!


7 Responses to All Kinds of Writing

  1. Julie May 13 2015 at 10:36 am #

    I LOVE this post! Before I started writing novels, I wrote and produced two short films, and then wrote and produced a web series for years. Writing in different forms is like taking your creativity to the gym haha–even a skit or a presentation helps build confidence and skills. I find scripts to be particularly challenging to write, but like you, I enjoy all kinds of storytelling. Thanks for this great, inspiring post!

    • Eugene May 15 2015 at 8:12 pm #

      Thank you! Yes, different forms (and genres) have different demands. What I liked about writing scripts was that I could focus more on character and dialogue, so when I switched to prose, it was challenging to put in enough description. I’m still fairly sparse with description, and it’s something I have to work at.

  2. Anita Saxena May 13 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    I love writing YA and MG novels, but to write a screenplay (possibly an adaptation of one of my books) would be an absolute dream come true!

    • Eugene May 15 2015 at 8:13 pm #

      I hope it does come true for you!

  3. Devin Berglund May 13 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    I have always love story. I think my grandma’s stories of living on the prairie sparked my imagination as a child. I have written a few short stories and a novel. I am starting on a second one. I love the fantasy and YA NA genre, which is what I write a lot of. Sometime in the near future I’d like to write a contemporary novel. Someday I’d also like to write a screenplay! That would be cool.

    • Eugene May 15 2015 at 8:14 pm #

      Hopefully we’ll all have long and successful careers in which we get to write all the things we want to!

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