play format novel writing

Question: Is it possible to use more than one style of writing while trying to write a series of novels?

Answer: Of course. The great thing about writing is that anything is possible.

Sometimes writers intentionally change styles to reflect the content of each novel. (James Joyce, to take one example, was the master of using a different style in each chapter.)

Sometimes a writer's style changes on its own over time as they learn and grow, so that if a decade or more separates the first and last book of a series, the styles are quite different. (Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series is an example that comes to mind.)

I'm guessing from the title of your question that you're considering using a play format for one of your a novels? That's a bold choice. The reader/publisher might wonder if it's actually novel or a play you're writing.

I have, however, seen novels with sections that are in play format, and that can work quite well.

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Apr 25, 2013
Thats Great
by: Anonymous

I am a writer myself and am comfortable writing in play format for my novels. You are right, there are not many novels written this way, but thats the beauty of writing.

Great post!

Jan 28, 2014
play format
by: Ricky

I agree also!
I too have written books in play format that I hope get self published.
I don't see many books that are written this way,unless they are short plays, I too used to get worried how people will receive it.

Just go for what makes you feel comfortable. It's also good for other authors that write novels in the same style as ours to notice,as it will show that we do not need to conform to the majority.

Hope that helps

Jun 09, 2014
Novel in Play format
by: Writer Ricky

I agree 100%! I am soon to release a novel on amazon by the end of the year, which is written in play format. The title is: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai.

For more information, please check out my site on:

Have a great day all!

Oct 18, 2016
Be original!
by: Anonymous

There are more of us out there than you may think. I plan to self publish my titles using the play format. Such a fresh idea for novelists to play with. Good luck!

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