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!
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.
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Well, this is something that I certainly need to heed, haha(via fixyourwritinghabits)
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.
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.
- I want this story to be written
- I don’t want this story to be written by anyone but me
- I don’t want to write this story