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Choosing the best form for your story

Novel, short story, essay, memoir. There are many vessels you can choose for your writing. Here's how to pick the most fitting.

Form of Writing
What’s the best form of writing for your story? Here are some tips for figuring it out. Photo by focus_bell/Shutterstock

Imagine you are obsessed with your grandmother. She emigrated from Ireland at the age of 15 and then labored to earn money to bring over her 10 brothers and sisters. Or perhaps she came to this country and invented a new type of paper clip. Or maybe she was a bit more rambunctious and had an affair with a local politician. Her illegitimate daughter is now considering a run for Senate. Perhaps she did all three!

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