How to Pivot from Writing Short Stories to Novels
If you’ve written short stories and are figuring how to get started on a novel, Erin Flanagan has some tips to help you get started.
Find software that works for you
Study different novel structures
Once you’ve identified astructure, use it to break down the novel
Figure out where the novel ends in time
The Art of Time in Fiction
Make an outline, either before or after you write
Think in scene, not sentence
pgs 1–3, Nick goes hunting with Tom, pgs 4–7, Nick accidentally shoots Tom.
Keep in mind that chapters aren’t stories
Concentrate on depth as well as length
What is really going on here for the character? What is being expressed?
Remember: You’re writing a of a novel
Erin Flanagan is the author of the novel Deer Season (University of Nebraska Press) as well as two story collections, and a professor of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. You can follow her on Twitter at @erinlflanagan or find her online at erinflanagan.net.
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