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The Future of Fiction–From Tiny to Titanic, How to Claim Your Niche


Here’s Kristin Lamb’s take on what it takes to write a compelling series! I gotta agree: make the stakes so high that it seems almost impossible that your characters will ever overcome them!

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Last post, I talked about the increasing popularity of series, novellas, shorts and “episodic” writing. Of course, this assertion probably stirred panic in those writers who simply aren’t wired to write series. Personally, I would like to try writing a series, but we’ll see. I might be a stand-alone gal, too.

Let me offer a bit of comfort. The rule that we shouldn’t write to the market still holds true in this case. Just like we shouldn’t decide to write a Vampire-Post-Apacolyptic-Self-Help because those are hot, we shouldn’t take on shorts or series if they aren’t our thing.

Epics, Shorts, and Series are NOT New

What many people might miss is that epics and shorts are not new. With the advent of the nifty thingamajig—the “printing press”—pamphlets were all the rage back in the 1800s. In fact, if we look at early writing, we see two very divergent sizes…

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2 Comments on “The Future of Fiction–From Tiny to Titanic, How to Claim Your Niche”

  1. Masala & Blarney April 7, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    Hey Dr. West,

    I follow Kristen Lambs blog and imagine my surprise as I am reading this article and I run across your name in the comments…hmmm…I wonder if that is the Shay West from back home and voila! Last time we connected on FB you had just finished your first book and now it looks like you are quite the accomplished writer :). Kudos!

    Oh and yay for teaching at CMU (which is a horrible name IMO so I’m keeping my original diploma)

    • drshaywest April 8, 2014 at 6:51 am #

      LOL I have my original as well. It will always be Mesa to me 😀

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