Tag Archives: short story

Where Newbies Go Wrong

Here’s the thing: anyone can write a book. The only limitation I can think of is a complete inability to communicate. Stephen Hawking, by the way, produced at least a half-dozen books after losing the ability to speak due to … Continue reading

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From Short Story to Novel–Part Three

In case you tuned in late, this conversation begins HERE. It moved forward last week, and the link for that is HERE. If you haven’t read the first two installments and hope to make sense of what comes next, you’re … Continue reading

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From Short Story to Novel–Part Two

The story of Scott and Daphne, plus assorted lizards, faires, and other odd creatures continues. If you missed part one, you probably ought to go back and read it now. Here’s your handy-dandy link: Click Here! In case you forgot … Continue reading

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From Short Story to Novel–Part One

I’ve often heard, from both accomplished writers as well as students of mine, that their novel began as a short story and then grew. Sadly, I’ve never had a bag of 10-10-10 literary fertilizer to sprinkle on my short fiction … Continue reading

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Chapters vs short stories

A writer friend of mine occasionally takes a chapter from one of her books and fashions it into a short story which she then puts on the market. She’s managed to sell several of those tales. And, since she has … Continue reading

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How long should a story be? How to write a novel–part 38

It depends. Although the question isn’t nearly as stupid as, say, “How tall is a battleship. True or False?” In traditional publishing, manuscript length has some generally agreed upon standards. The most common of these are: short story, novelette, novella and … Continue reading

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Story or joke? How to write a novel–part 32

“Two dinosaurs walk into a bar…” For most of the 20th century folks believed our species evolved into something like its “modern” form around 40,000 years ago. I suspect that’s about the time we started telling jokes, too. Jokes are the simplest … Continue reading

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