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How to Pivot from Writing Short Stories to Novels

If you’ve written short stories and are figuring how to get started on a novel, Erin Flanagan has some tips to help you get started.


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Study different novel structures

Once you’ve identified astructure, use it to break down the novel

Figure out where the novel ends in time

The Art of Time in Fiction

Make an outline, either before or after you write

Think in scene, not sentence

pgs 1–3, Nick goes hunting with Tom, pgs 4–7, Nick accidentally shoots Tom.

Keep in mind that chapters aren’t stories

Thrill Me

Concentrate on depth as well as length

Deer Season

What is really going on here for the character? What is being expressed?

Remember: You’re writing a of a novel

Deer Season