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From Short Stories to Oh ShitNovel Writing Basics Week
I started writing a novel something like 12 years ago and, as you can imagine, there wasn't much of a process there. Luckily, reality got in the way and I didn't finish the thing until 7 years later, after I had spent some time writing short stories.
The problem is, there still wasn't much of a process to it. I'd run into something I thought was funny or interesting, or get an image in my head that seemed like a good one, and find a way to shoehorn it in. Stephen King's On Writing says to kill your darlings; I'd written something that was 70% darling.
At this point, I'd figured out a decent methodology for short stories. They weren't golden, but they also weren't terrible. And we know that good short stories contain the same elements as a good book: characters and a plot that complement each other; plausibility; a good setting, etc.
So what went wrong?
For one, 3,000 words will hide your screwups better than 60,000.
Yeah, okay, that's obvious, but
Old SpiritsI've worked at the Green Bull pub for around a decade now. It isn't a fancy place like some others in Ireland. Nay, Hermitsgrove is a small town, a tight-knit community full of farmers and masons, all earning just enough to support their families. The buildings have that rustic feel to them, as if you'd been plunged back through time to the eighteen hundreds. Ivy crawling up the faded brick walls is a common sight here, complimented by the cobblestone walkways on either side of the streets. Everybody knows each other, and you can't do something without another person finding out about it. It is somehow quite comforting and horribly irritating at the same time, but most of us don't mind. Usually people stop by the Bull at some point in the day, seeking a reprieve from the mundane task of working.
As for myself, I don't mind working. Sure, the job can be demanding at times, one or two guests even making a fuss, but I enjoy it. Besides, if anyone gets too rough Tam gives them a tongue-las
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