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Making Progress on the Short Story and More Thoughts on Short Story Versus Novel Writing

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Managed 1.5K on the “Kiyohime” short story yesterday. It’s coming along well. Think I’m around the halfway point. Got the whole story outlined and plotted out, including the twisty bit which was annoying the heck outta me, and getting close to the climax scene. At this rate, I might have it at zero draft before month’s end.

It’s a little weird working on a whole new story after slaving away at the novel for so long. Having to reset my story/character head-space to get it out of my novel’s world. And I keep having the itch to return to my novel’s characters and continue their story.

That’s a brand new, shiny novelty for me. I’m accustomed to feeling done with a world and characters after finishing a short story. I’ve had folks ask me whether I was going to expand some of my short work into novels, and I had a hard time seeing the appeal of that. I mean, I told their tale, that’s it, the end. (‘Course, having said that, Demon Queller began life as the short story “Honor is a Game Mortals Play.” )

But I intentionally left room for continuation in the novel, and now I want to continue it. I see the virtue of being a novelist with an ongoing series. The characters and their world become fundamentally ingrained in your creative consciousness, and you don’t need to be constantly rebuilding new worlds and new people–although, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of appeal in that too.

‘K, I get it. Writerly revelation, la. And I thought I was past those. Hah. The cosmos calls “hubris” on me yet again.

 

Originally published at EugieFoster.com. You can comment here or there.

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On November 16th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC), xjenavivex commented:
Have you always been a plotter?

It's good to be dropping by here again. It's been a while.
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On November 16th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
> Have you always been a plotter?

Yes and no. My plot/outline strategy is...schizophrenic. Sometimes I outline; sometimes I fly by the seat of my pants. Sometimes it works; sometimes, not so much.

And it's good to see you again :).
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On November 16th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC), j_cheney commented:
Ah, you put that very well...
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On November 16th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
:D
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