Q: Have you ever consciously written a ‘message’ story? Was it easier or harder than usual?
A: When I first started writing, I think all my stories were “message” stories…and they were terrible. I learned very quickly that when the message drives the story, the story usually suffers. As I’ve continued to write (and learn), I think I’ve gotten better at navigating that balance, but intentionally working in a message is definitely difficult. Very difficult.
J. T. Gill’s story “Never Miss: Moses Abebe is a Machine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.