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Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by skip.knox, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

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    If story = plot... not so much, heh heh. Don’t get me wrong, I see the point.
     
  2. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    Long time, no see. How goes your current WIP?

    I didn't know at the outset how long either 'Labyrinth' or 'Empire' would be.

    The former was originally intended as a single novella or novelette, but it grew beyond those bounds.

    'Empire' was intended as multi-volume, but that was because each location warranted a full story in its own right.
     
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  3. T.Allen.Smith

    T.Allen.Smith Staff Moderator

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    Thank you, Thinker.

    It goes well. I’ll be wrapping up the 3rd rewrite by the end of the year. Then one more minor polish before I send it out for editing.

    But, yes. That’s a good example, where the short from a challenge here turned into a full novel with multiple plot lines, a vast character cast, etc. Wasn’t intended that way from the get go. I’m not planning anything beyond for this story, but who knows? I’ll cross that bridge when the time comes.
     
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  4. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    Which challenge/short story led to the novel?
     
  5. T.Allen.Smith

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    Yours. Iron Pen, I believe it was called.
     
  6. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    Nice. I enjoyed the short story. I can’t wait to read the novel.
     
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  7. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    'Beasts of Beleau?" (sp?) werewolf story?
     
  8. T.Allen.Smith

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    No. That one was an experiment, and I’ve done nothing with it since.

    The short title was Benediction. I think it was Iron Pen 14 or 15. Can’t remember.
     
  9. J.W. Golan

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    How many volumes a story is divided into is, ultimately, a business decision - even for those of us who don’t expect to make a living as a writer. Even if we only write as a hobby, because we like to write, we still need to understand who our eventual audience is, how they will receive it, and that makes this a business decision.

    My experience and observations are that a series of books is usually preferred over a single novel. Breaking the story down into bite-size episodes makes it more easily digestible for our audience, and also allows us, as authors, to turn out each episode more rapidly. Look for break-points in the story arc, where you might pause and wrap up a novel, and transition to the next book in the series. It keeps your audience hungry for more, without making each edition too large and expensive in terms of either the author’s time commitment, or the reader’s.
     
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