Tell the story that needs to be told, in the way it needs to be told, to the length it needs to be told.
Don’t poison a story by insisting it must be an apple when it’s really an orange.
Don’t stunt a story by forcing it beyond its natural growth nor by forcing it to grow in a box too small.
“Genres” and “standard story lenghs” are publisher’s artefacts, not part of storytelling.
Breakthroughs don’t come through abiding by conventions and working in boxes.
And keep in mind that he wrote everything by hand!
At my day job, a bunch of us did a fundraiser for Hawaii Foodbank on Friday. I brought 14 photos in various sizes (8″x8″, 8″x12″, 9″x25″ and a pair of 57″x10″ panoramas).
A coworker did an awesome job of matting 10 of them. We couldn’t matt the big panos, they were bigger than the matt boards.
We sold 10 of them. Including BOTH of the big panoramas.
Do something for charity this holiday season: you’ll both do good and feel good.
So stoked! 🙂
Stuffs this introvert needs to learn.