Some of the short stories I have written have been published electronically, in print, and in an audible format. Write once sell thrice. One set of three related stories initially published in three different venues have become:
1) my favorite tale to read at writing events
2) an ongoing theme at a mystery convention (including a wonderful faux crime scene) with the resolution presented at the final banquet.
3) a work in progress as I try to transform them into a coherent, seamless play. I’m trying to figure out how to work background information into dialog. I need an exposition exhibition.
Every venue had its own requirements in terms of vocabulary and dialog. The written word was different from the spoken word. Reading aloud is particularly helping at changing from a written to a spoken format
One characteristic of the Swiss Army Knife stories is that the “voice” of the main character is distinctive. In my mind, even if not explicit in the story. I knew who was talking and who the audience for the protagonist was. Another characteristic was the unexpected twists and turns. The stories held surprises for readers.
The characters I wrote about keep popping up from my subconscious to tell me more about their adventures. It's my job to type them up.
Have you had stores that fit different means of expression?