Monday, August 9, 2010

A Question

Anyone else ever have a short story take on a life of its own and need to become a novel?  The rewrites I'm doing are proving fruitful - very much so.  If this goes the way I think it is, that'll be the THIRD novel I've started this year (with completion for all of them far off in the horizon.) It makes me say "Yay."  Then it makes me say "Holy Shit."  Then it makes me say "Yay again."

Ever have that happen?

Just asking.


  1. At the moment everything I write (short story wise) I seem to be leaving open ended. Time constraints with kids/family/work seem to be causing it but, yes, I've got 2 or 3 that could well go on to be longer pieces, and if not full length novels then definitely novellas. I just need some quality time at the moment though.

    Good luck with them, mate.

  2. UGH! I'm currently in this predicament right now. I meant to write a short 7K erotic story but it has morphed into this 25K word monster...and growing! I'm about to rip my hair out! I set the word count to 12K...then 15K...and now 20K and it keeps getting longer and longer! If it climbs over 30K I'm going to lose it! Hahaha! This thing has been keeping me up till 4:30am each night for the past month! UGH! I can't take much more!

  3. My editor just told me that a very successful writer once said every writer should have three novels in phase: one published, one writing, and another researching.
    Sounds like you are on track.
    I'm writing two at the moment.

  4. I finished a book last night, gonna start crayoning in another one today.

  5. Well done Lee. It's the finishing that counts!

  6. OMG- yes. And Yay. And Holy Shit.

    All of my novel ideas have come from short stories, well, except the one I'm working on because the voice is so strong I couldn't help but write it.

    I don't know what to say, do you feel scattered at times and torn? You want to complete one thing, but then the voice for another keeps invading your thoughts. I wonder if its something where every individual writer needs to figure out what their own rythm is and stick to it.

    Cool post, Chris. ;-)