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Sometimes when I get stuck, it helps to have a murder story in progress so I can at least quench the urge to write something. It also seems to be the cathartic I need to get rolling again. 

posted by BigV on April 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM | link to this | reply

Re: To skye08

Ha....I've been on that ride with you before! A murder here...a murder there...murders, murders everywhere!

posted by Corbin_Dallas on April 18, 2020 at 3:51 PM | link to this | reply

To skye08

I use the 'Stephen King' method of writing fiction. Picture yourself in my position. I live about 60 miles from I-75, the main freeway that comes from the very border of Canada. I want to go to Miami. As it happens, I-75 goes the entire north-south length of the US. As it happens, I've traveled every inch of I-75 north to south and south to north, and never left the freeway other than to get fuel and maybe a snack. That's your short story. 

Now you want to make that trip into a novel. We start from Sault Ste, Marie Michigan, the northern point of I-75. We head south on that freeway until we get close to Detroit. You decide that you need to get out and move around, so you stop into see the Henry Ford Museum. You see all kinds of wonderful antiques. You get back in the car and head down the road until you get to Cincinnati. We'll pretend that you are a Cincinnati Bengals football fan... and as luck would have it, there is a home game and you got tickets to attend. 

Once in the car, you continue south until you get to the Fort Boonesborough State Park in Boonesborough, Kentucky. You wander the park and see what life was like there in the 1760's. A couple of hours down the road, you pull into Knoxville Tennessee to tour the Museum of Art. 

You continue down the freeway, and you pull into Atlanta. Downtown Atlanta at night is a beautiful sight. The big red Coca-Cola sign lights the skyline. You decide to do some shopping and stop in at the Underground Shopping Mall at the Five Points neighborhood. There are LOTS of things there, and you shop for several hours before finding a place to stay to be fresh for the five hour trip that gets you into Florida. 

About twenty five miles into the Sunshine State, you stop at the roadside rest area and chase a few of those little lizards that are all over the place there. You worry that they might bite you, but they won't.  Another hour down the way, you cross I-10, one of the main east-west freeways that crosses most of southern America. The freeway continues all the way to Tampa. There are lots of things to see in that city, but you just watch as the town goes by. You are running along the Gulf shoreline, and nearly any exit could have you on a beach within ten minutes.

Several hours in, you see the sign for the city of Naples, which means that you will soon make a hard eastward turn and head toward the Atlantic shoreline. On the way, you cross the Everglades. If you are watching, chances are good that you will see an alligator or six laying on the edge of the highway. I've seen them quite frequently when I've made this run. 

Just about the time you get close to the ocean, you see the sign for Fort Lauderdale. This means that you are going to head back to the southern path you were running earlier. Depending on traffic, within the hour, you'll hit the final mile of I-75 as you pull into Hialeah, a city on the northwest edge of Miami.

You've made the 32 hour drive and now your short story is a novel.

That's how I write. You can take the expressway from here to there, but never mention the museums and alligators. OR you can talk about all of those things as short detours and delays along your way from the beginning of your story to its ending. To me, that's the difference between a novella and a novel.

posted by BigV on April 18, 2020 at 11:58 AM | link to this | reply

Habits can be habitual...but I repeat myself!

posted by Corbin_Dallas on April 18, 2020 at 11:25 AM | link to this | reply

I like grammerly also.

I'm trying to expand a short story I wrote into a novel. I'm finding I need to take a class on mystery writing now that I have grammar taken care of. 

posted by skye08 on April 1, 2020 at 8:47 AM | link to this | reply

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