Want to read along as I work on a SF murder mystery for NaNoWriMo?
Want to read along as I work on my NaNoWriMo effort? It’s a science-fiction murder mystery so different from The Glamourist Histories by almost every measure. This is also a little odd, because I invoked the Zokutou clause, which says:
You have to start your novel from scratch, unless you are a previous NaNoWriMo winner. If you have already attained the status of Winner, you do not need to start a new novel, as your main aim is now to finish one. You can now consider yourself a winner if, by midnight on the 30th of November, you have either:
Written 50,000 words on one or more previous works.
Completed your novel’s first draft.
So! I’m taking my novella, “Kiss Me Twice,” and expanding it back into a novel. Back? Yes. This was originally a NaNoWriMo novel and I cut it down to be a novella, then sold it to Asimov’s.
It’s an interesting exercise to expand it again, but not particularly fun. You might ask why I’m doing it then. Well…When it was up for a Hugo last year, there was some interest in seeing it in novel form. Because I had made drastic changes when cutting it down, and liked the new plot better, I couldn’t just dust off the novel version. I’m having to write it anew. The part of me that is interested in structure and the Hows of writing, wants to see what sort of things I’m having to alter to make it back into a novel.
Some things I expected, like adding POVs back into the novel, and putting in more sensory details. Other things are surprising me, like the fact that tangents seem more desirable. Some scenes, which were perfectly fine in novella form, feel abbreviated here but others of the same length are fine.
If you’d like to read along, and offer feedback, I’m posting the first three chapters in the clear. After that, you’ll need a password.
LTUE (Life, The Universe, And Everything) on February 16, 2017
Location: Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 101 W 100 N, Provo, UT 84601, USA
About LTUE: Life, the Universe, & Everything: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy originated at Brigham Young University and has grown and changed a lot over the last thirty years. LTUE is a three-day academic symposium on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. Comprised of panels, presentations and papers on writing, art, literature, film, gaming and other facets of speculative fiction, LTUE is a place to learn all about life, the universe, and everything else you love.
The symposium is, most importantly, a gathering place for fans of our creative and innovative world to hang out and share their love of all things amazing, obscure, and even not-quite-real.
Panel: Tackling Sensitive Subjects on February 16, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Substance abuse, racism, mental illness, physical abuse, corruption, and sex. As creators we are both blessed and cursed with the task of allowing others to see through our eyes. By sharing another perspective, we can change lives, but we can also inflame passions and fuel hate. How do we push the boundaries without crossing into forbidden territory?
You don't always need 200k words to tell a story. Sometimes a few words is sufficient. Listen to pros talk about the benefits of short fiction, what the different lengths of short fiction are, and how to be effective with these stories.