Vlad, one of the things I love about your writing is that you don’t waffle … I always know I’m going to actually get value from your posts (rather than just spend several minutes wading around in a mass of words for a few nuggets of insight). . Well, that’s an asset in many forms of writing! I’ve got plenty of options for expanding the piece, using the list from above: For #1, I could expand this to look at both angles, with half the post covering “why you should write every day” and the other half covering “why you shouldn’t write every day”. Last 100 years TNeal’s last blog post ..What’s Your Pleasure? His first essay in running a company was a notoriously tough undertaking. Do you see a pattern here? *short posts. This is especially true for bloggers. There could be a couple of issues here: maybe what you’re trying to write is naturally a shorter work (perhaps a novella, which I’ll be blogging about soon) … or maybe you need to take a step back from the work and figure out what might complicate and deepen the plot. Ellen freelance edits for several publishers and has had to suggest ways to expand a story. I’ve abandoned a few novels over the years, and it’s always sad to see the work go … but at least there’s the consolation of learning something new with everything written! In cell A8, we have a short piece of text. You want your blog posts to be at least 500 words, but they keep coming out at 300. Revise the story to fit the mechanical criteria. Get the latest news and gain access to exclusive updates and offers. I’ll take note of your advice. Hi Linda (I got the “1,000 words” from a few different places, including Stephen King’s excellent book On Writing.) I often find that my problem is not over-writing but the polar opposite – I’m too terse; and thus my work – aimed usually at 100k words, falls short at 80K or sometimes less. Good luck! He has published four books: "Hideous Dream," "Full Spectrum Disorder," "Sex & War" and "Energy War," as well as articles, commentary and monographs online. I am in the process of reconstructing a short story I wrote many years ago when my writing skills were not what they are now. Thank you for sharing your tips. Begin with a paragraph or two that orients the reader and lets her know who and where you are and what this story is about. After orienting the reader, tell the story; then explain what you learned from the story. But let’s say I wanted to use that article as a basis for a post here on Aliventures. When you create length without value, you just make a chore for the reader to read through it. Go through the list of your attitudes, thoughts and feelings, and list any ways in which your attitudes, thoughts or feelings have changed since the experience happened. Thanks, Tom. Reflective writing is an examination of experience and, in many cases, an examination of personal experience. And ouch on your book, that must have been painful. Your fan, You know that novels in your genre should be at least 80,000 words, but yours is only 50,000. ), Thank you! Stanley Goff began writing in 1995. TNeal’s last blog post ..What’s Your Pleasure? And I agree with Ellen that people appreciate short! At some point, though, every writer has to let their work go…Use it: Aim for completion,rather than perfection. I generally run out of words, so I want to increase my world count. For #4, I could change the topic and focus on the point that I make in the last paragraph: “Not all writing advice will work for you.” That way, “Write every day” could become just one point in a much longer post. The mechanics will now discipline the writing; but the hard part -- knowing what to write, the actual work of reflection -- is already done. It can be a short-short story, a short story or a long story. View usage for: Gaeilge; The PDST is funded by the Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and is managed by Dublin West Education Centre. Take care yourself. This is where feedback is so crucial — other people can tell us when we’ve either left too many gaps or filled in too many details. See you later! The Right Way to Expand a Too-Short Piece of Writing. Goff has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the State of New York. And whenever I go back to short stories that I wrote a few years ago, I’m struck by how far my writing has progressed since then — it’s always a rather bittersweet feeling. So then, I’d be seeing you around. Mellisa Louise’s last blog post ..MONAT FAQ – The Ultimate Retail, VIP, and Market Partner Frequently Asked Questions. Aliventures is where I help you master the art, craft and business of writing. Thank you so much for such great advice=) I really feel what you feel. This is not related to the article above. karensdifferentcorners’s last blog post ..Another Rejection Letter, Thanks Karen! Glynis’s last blog post ..Where Am I Going Actually? I’m working on a couple of pieces right now, so this couldn’t have been better timed. I have a blog where I try to contribute to contents writing. In a piece of fiction, padding might look like: In a piece of non-fiction, padding might look like: Padding is frustrating for the reader. As the old adage says, “kill your darlings.” This is a bleed-over from rule #2, but it deserves its own rule, because it’s important. We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! I’m using the piece as an enery for a 600 word fiction story witht the mandatory start line of “She closed the book placed it on the table and finally decided to walk through the door”. (You can learn more about the newsletter here.). I still ended up at 50K instead of the 90K I needed to be at — and the story was so overplotted that I salvaged only two scenes. And I thank Ms. Ali, that she makes a blog like this where writers can talk about their writing struggle like it’s just normal. In my part, after I break that resistance wall, the words just easily flow on its own. I guess I’ll just have to get back to a stream of consciousness style then edit it down. Often I’m too concise in my writing. . Work through scene by scene or chapter by chapter or paragraph by paragraph, and look for places where you could go deeper. Last 300 years, a short literary composition of an analytical, interpretive, or. Although, if the contents feel lacking, I suggests to take some time to research and go deeper to the subject. Kathleen’s last blog post ..Twitter: Connect with People, This is a great post. One exercise you could try that might help is to pick a topic, set a timer for 10 minutes, and write as quickly as you can about that topic. When you expand a piece of fiction, you can: When you expand a piece of non-fiction, you can: You might find it useful to print out the too-short piece, so that you can write notes on it easily. Having said that, hort posts CAN be extremely powerful (I’m thinking specifically of the Communicatrix’s latest – she just put out a short, punchy post today – check it out). Something that changed everyone’s lives so profoundly – leaving no country or continent untouched – was bound to have a significant impact on our language. But under-writing is a problem too – and one that I don’t often see tackled. You could also try keeping a writing journal, where you write down your thoughts/feelings about your writing after a writing session — so you can get all the thoughts out onto paper. Karen on development and underdevelopment, Some books are collections of essays, and you. Besides, I always intend to edit while I write anything. So that My world count and context relevancy increase. Adding more story or expanding scenes will not work if the writer is used to doing short stories and left out the middle. :-)), Why you (probably) shouldn’t write every day. One of the things I love about writing my own blog is that I can keep things exactly the length they need to be. Send it out into the world- it will only truly be complete once it has readers.” That’s about average for my newsletter pieces: I want them to be quick reads that deliver some useful ideas or tips  without taking up much of my readers’ time. For #2, I could include quotes from writers who give different perspectives on how often is the right frequency, and on how many words they usually write per day or week. I like the tip on adding other sources to expand your writing. You’re entering a 2,000 word short story competition, but your story is over after 1,000. But I just wanted to ask you if how do you take a break from writing? Good luck! But at the same time not running out of context. Students are often given mandatory writing assignments that require reflection. The bare bones of the piece are good but the rest is. I usually lean too far the other way and over-explain (only to be told to give the reader more credit ;-)). Write the piece like a story. Otherwise, you might look at some relaxation techniques or meditation to help with getting to sleep. More often than not though, it’s because I’m summarized too much or have left out content that I originally though the reader would automatically thing about. Weiland’s excellent book “Structuring Your Novel”, which I’ve found very helpful, particularly at the revision stage.

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