I’m sure you’ve heard about the differences between writing novels and writing short fiction. It’s hard to go back and forth between the two. With one you need all the background information, you need build up, conflict, and resolution; with the other you want to get straight to the action with as little back story as possible. It’s a daunting task going back and forth, but what about going back and forth between fiction and poetry?
Poetry is hard. Taking your soul and putting it on paper, and then, offering it up for the world to tear apart is emotionally grueling. You can write poetry faster than a novel, but the best poems derive from real-life experience and that takes a toll on a person.
Fiction takes a long time to develop and hone. It’s less about emotion, and more about skill. To make your reader feel like a part of the world you’ve created and to feel whatever your characters is a special kind of gift. To create something from nothing is amazing.
So, does switching between the two cause complications in the writing process? I don’t think so. I think, switching between the two is an excellent exercise to keep your writing skills sharp.
Both types of writing are so different from the other. Going back and forth between poetry and fiction- whether it is a novel or a short story- can be beneficiary to both works. While one allows you to escape reality, the other allows you to embrace the beauty and the mess of life. By allowing yourself to switch between the two, you will have a better understanding of yourself, and therefore, be better able to discover what motivates your characters.