Monthly Archives: January 2013

Writing Short Stories vs. Novels

This week on Hide and Create Moses Siregar, Diana Rowland, Jordan Ellinger and Joshua Essoe discuss the differences between writing a short story and writing a novel.

The old advice was to train yourself writing short fiction, then graduate to novel-length works. The short fiction market was an easier sell, you could cut your teeth in publishing doing that while you worked up to your magnum opus.

That’s no so true anymore. Short story markets have decline greatly in the last couple decades, and the ones that are left are overwhelmed with submissions for their limited space. Just like novel publishers.

So what’s the advantage of writing short? Why not just write long? There’s more money in it and it’s no more difficult, right?

I advise all writers to learn how to write short. It will teach you brevity and will teach you power. You can practice technique, voice, theme and genre, try them all out and find what’s right for you. You can finish, submit, get feedback, sell, and do it rapidly, and start building up deposits in the “Maybe I Can Do This” bank. It is wonderful training, not for writing novels, but for being a writer.

Moving Into Full-time Writing

This week on Hide and Create Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, Joshua Essoe and Moses Siregar discuss how to shift into writing full time.

In 2010 when I decided to be a full-time editor, I had studied my market for months. I spoke with professionals in that field, I educated myself, I created a business plan, I set goals for my business and then I jumped in head-first. And you know what? It worked.

You have to be in the right head space to make a career in the creative fields work. You must be willing to treat it like a regular job and be able to mind yourself when you tell yourself to get to work. Self-employment is a completely different mindset and takes a lot of self-motivation.

Be prepared. Here there be dragons — let us help you keep them all on the page.

Writing Compelling Settings

This week on Hide and Create, Diana Rowland, Jordan Ellinger, Joshua Essoe, and David Dalglish discuss how to craft compelling and believable settings.

As an editor, one of the most frequent hiccups I see in the manuscripts submitted to me are confusing or vague settings. Sometimes the author has forgotten to write one altogether. This, as you might imagine, could hamper your readers’ enjoyment or comprehension — not to mention your ability to get the story sold.

So today, ask not what your setting can do for you, but what you can do for your setting.

Writing Environments

This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Diana Rowland, Jordan Ellinger, and David Dalglish discuss writing environments and tools.

Lives outside of writing — we’ve all got them. Well most of us.  How do you combat the evil and powerful monster of laziness? And when you are writing, what are the best tools to have on hand? Are you on team Scriviner or team Word? How in the world do you schedule writing time around family obligations, especially during the holidays?

It’s not all cuddle breaks, date nights, and Mine Craft addictions.