Date: 2017-09-04 19:45
The climax could be dramatically compelling. It could be the reader 8767 s sudden realisation that a character was lying, for example, or an explosive conflict that seemed inevitable from the first page.
I hope, rather, to entertain with short stories drawn from the experiences of my living. This post has illuminated a clear path through the (often valuable, genuinely valid, but for me, anyway not-directly-relevant) facts, experiences and anecdotes of other writers and would-be practitioners of the art that all seem focused on novel-length work.
I 8767 m slightly illogical, though I start with just a driving force/feeling, then I research plenty (considering I shouldn 8767 t do much at all at the outset), and that gives me more ideas (emanating from driving forces/feelings I get from a small chunk of my 8775 findings 8776 )
My imaginary muse, the drunken old lady, would agree I have to force a logic in an holistic, top-down way
I think I 8767 ve just described an outline of sorts
I was always a 8775 pantser 8776 for stories, and would start with a concept or opening scene, and then feel my way through. It could take weeks to get a first draft. Then I 8767 d edit. The first step of yours blew me away, the idea of writing a 8775 story 8776 without any pressure to make it great, to just get to the gist of it, is pretty brilliant. I often put so much pressure on myself to get it right on the page that it slows me down. I 8767 m already at work (in my head) on part 6 of a story I 8767 ve been meaning to rewrite, and I feel very confident about it thanks to your advice 🙂
Hi Marissa, great question. Views are split on this. A lot will be determined by sales. If you self-publish and many people take interest in your story (and you build a following), some publishers may see this as a positive sign you are commercially viable and choose to publish your next book. There was once more stigma around self-publishing (mainly because a lot of self-published books have little to no editing and poor design values).
Jane Friedman gives some excellent advice. For example, it will be hard for publishers to sell a book you 8767 ve already self-published, but you could sell them your next book, provided the books aren 8767 t a series (as the first could still be difficult for them to compete with the self-published edition). Here 8767 s the article: https:///should-you-self-publish-traditional/
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“Fine,” he said, an acquiescent quality in his voice, and I bound up off the sofa, hope welling inside me. “I may have opened the box.”
When Moses comes out of the tabernacle, he carries Rafa 8767 s body wrapped in a new woolen blanket. Duriel recognizes the blanket as something his wife was making when she died. It had lain unfinished in their tent since her death. He examines it. The blanket is now completely finished. Taking his son 8767 s body in his arms, Duriel falls to his knees sobbing. Moses lays his hands on Duriel 8767 s head and begins blessing him.
Reyes Farrow, the rascal from next door, looked away from the flames curling around the blackened logs in the fireplace and leveled his powerful gaze on me. “A reporter?” he asked.