You are writing and selling short stories but you want to take the next step and write a novel.
Della Galton, author of the successful writing guide How To Write and Sell Short Stories, shows you how to make the leap in this step-by-step guide.
Using examples from her own successful career as writer of hundreds of published short stories and two novels, Della shows the critical differences between developing character, plot and setting in short and long fiction.
The essential book to help take your writing to the next level.
‘Despite short -story success many writers flounder when faced with writing novels. Della Galton’s practical and concise guide is the key to bridging that gap.’
Carl Styants, Editor Writers’ Forum Magazine
Della Galton is a novelist, short story writer, and journalist; she is also the agony aunt for Writers’ Forum and has been writing and getting published for over twenty-five years. When she is not writing she enjoys walking her dogs in the beautiful Dorset countryside where she lives. Her hobby is repairing old cottages, which is lucky as hers is falling down.
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Simon Whaley on
20th April 2012 4:44PM
I think many writers begin writing short stories because they think it is easier than writing a whole novel. That's understandable - a short story might be one hundredth of the length of a novel. And when those writers have successfully sold a couple of short stories, the urge is there to think bigger. However, the short story and the novel are two very different beasts. Being able to write one does not guarantee that you can write the other. I know short story writers who have tried but failed at writing novels, and I also know published novelists who cannot write short stories.
Della's book, Moving On, goes a long way to explain the differences between the two formats and the points short story writers need to consider. Novels are much more than short story ideas with a few more words and a bit more description, a point Della clearly explains. In a series of short, easily digestible chapters she details the variety of points to consider: characters, plots, sub-plots, theme, viewpoint, tense and more.
What this book also, successfully, achieves is clarifying the two forms of writing. So, it's immensely useful to short story writers who are thinking about the great novel, but it is also a great book for budding short story writers who want to learn more about their craft. If you want to write short stories, reading this book will help you clarify whether your idea is suitable for a short story or a novel. And if you want to write a novel, it shows you what you need to consider, in order to turn it into a novel.
Mrs. P. C. Alexander on
20th April 2012 4:43PM
This easy to read book does what it promises on the cover - that is, to show the differences between writing short stories and novels, and how to bridge them as a writer moving from one to the other. In straightfoward language, it builds confidence to the point where you feel all things writingwise might just be possible after all! I particularly appreciated the section that differentiated a synopsis and blurb. Plenty of examples, plus the summary at the end of each chapter: most helpful. A good book to have on your shelf!