Each writer’s experience of moving between different kinds of writing and technologies is, of course, unique. In 1680s England, Aphra Behn moved into the then risqué new genre of long form prose simply because there was no money in writing plays anymore. Two centuries later, Mark Twain leapt at the opportunity to use the ‘new contraption called a “type-machine”’, (i.e., a typewriter), proudly claiming that he was ‘the first person in the world to apply the type-machine to literature’ Some writers hate such changes, others love them. Yet, within that vast range of responses to the experience of moving between genres and tools, are there patterns that can be observed? Are there particular approaches that can make the experience of moving between types of writing and technologies more effective and enjoyable?
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