AndrewDWallin wrote: jficke13 wrote:
Thank you! I saw your post, and the FB thread, and read them both with great interest.
I'm with you that I think I'm a novelist at heart, but after reading your post, I realize I need to focus on writing stories in the 5-7K word range (at least for this contest).
Don't be afraid of short. My 3rd was just barely bigger than flash (aprx 2k words)
Good info. Thanks!
For me, it's less a fear of short, and more a- "how do I wrap my mind around this?" -kind of thing. I'm kind of scratching my head about how to get character, conflict, and setting in that small of a word count
(obviously highlighting the depths of my inexperience here. Lol.)
Looks like I need to bang out a series of Rs (4 in 35!) while I play with the constraints. :D
One thing that I've taken to heart (and am definitely still working on) is "In late-out early." I almost always end up cutting/consolidating my opening because I'm opening before the conflict starts.
Also, Writing Excuses last week had an interview with a screen writer that suggested an exercise of describing your character in as few words as possible like you might see in a screenplay. The example he used was something like "[Character] looked like an alcoholic superman." He said something like, "In six words you totally picture the character and can know something about him." That stuck out and made me want to work on making my prose do multiple things to convey more than one thing at a time.
Also, get 4 in 35 but aim high! Nothing says you won't catch lightning in a bottle.