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I wanted to double check that “The Cherry on Top” was a short novel or novella and I found this on uphillwriting.org. I think it’s very informative and hopefully you guys will find it useful!

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When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser (via infamoussayings)

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Writing Tip - Plotting a Series →


If you are planning to write a series, it is important to write the first book as a stand-alone novel. If you don’t, you will place too much emphasis on scenes and characters that only become important as the series progresses.

It is frustrating, as a writing teacher, to help an author who tells me, ‘It will make sense in the next book.’ The problem is, that if it doesn’t make sense now, I won’t even finish the current book. Readers who get confused have lots of other options, including many well-written and well-plotted books, to occupy their time.

Finish Book One and make sure your readers feel as if they have read a complete story. We know that a good book leaves some questions unanswered and some possibilities open. These leave the door open for your series. 

If I have been entertained in the world you’ve created and the story you’ve told in your first book, I will be eager to spend money on your next book. 

Writers Write has spent years perfecting our creative writing course to help writers understand the basics of writing a good first book. Send an email to news@writerswrite.co.za for more details on the course.

by Amanda Patterson

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If you’re spending more time talking about writing than actually writing, you may want to reassess your priorities. I’ve seen this happen in writers’ groups, in coffeehouses, in MFA programs, in bars, on Facebook: writers who haven’t yet published anything, or who haven’t published much, talking or twittering about their “writing.” Sometimes, these people are talking or twittering about their writer’s block. Maybe it’s therapeutic to spend so much time talking about it, but I suspect it’s the opposite. I suspect it drives the supposed muse away. Take the time that you’d normally be talking about writing and write. Even if what you’re writing is crap, it’ll be more worth your while than talking about writing, because I believe you can write your way out of crappy writing, but it’s unlikely you’re going to talk your way into good writing.
— John McNally (via writingquotes)

Well, this is something that I certainly need to heed, haha

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Most short stories have but one plot. The very best, however, have what I call a plot-and-a-half – that is, a main plot and a small subplot that feeds in a twist or an unexpected piece of business that ads crunch and flavor to the story as a whole.
— Elizabeth Sims (via thewritingrealm)

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There are no Jack Kerouacs or Holden Caulfields for girls. Literary girls don’t take road-trips to find themselves; they take trips to find men.

"Great" books, as defined by the Western canon, didn’t contain female protagonists I could admire. In fact, they barely contained female protagonists at all.

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But the funny thing about that is we (as readers/viewers) sometimes miss out on information that might have been interesting. The author didn’t think it was, but fans? Most fans will soak up content like a sponge (see: LotR extended editions, cutscenes, etc). And so we’re likely to ask ridiculous questions like “What is laundry day like at Avengers Tower?” - not because it’s important to the narrative, but because we’re curious.

Not to mention: every narrator is an unreliable narrator. Especially the ones who seem the most straightforward. Which means there are a wealth of stories not being told hiding right behind the story that is.

Which, I think, gives an inkling of the primary difference between original fic and fanfic: original fic is declarative, saying “here is the story, these are the important events and characters and aspects of the world,” while fanfic is exploratory (even when it’s got a cracking good plot).

Fanfic exists in the interstices, in the ellipses and the enjambment. Fanfiction exists in the moment before the wave function collapses.

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Being published is not a necessary validation or a path everyone wants to take with their work. Writing—and finishing—a novel is a great thing in itself, whether or not the book is published, or becomes widely-read or not.

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