Is it a Novel or a Short Story?

photo of an open book Join us in the Chatroom for a Mini Topic.  Is it a Novel or a Short Story?

Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 8PM ET

Three Ways Short Stories are Different Than Novels

Writing short stories is different than writing novels. Many authors are nervous about writing short stories because they’re not sure how short stories differ from novels.

Like all forms, short stories have their own unique rules. However, the rules for writing short stories are not difficult to master.

We will talk about the big three during the first hour of chat.

Celebrity Sunday Presents Emerian Rich

Cover Art Emerian Rich is the author of the Night’s Knights Vampire Series. She’s been included in many short story anthologies and also writes romance under Emmy Z. Madrigal. She is the horror host of HorrorAddicts.net and Editorial Director for the San Francisco Bay Area magazine, SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. Find out more about Emerian at: www.emzbox.com

Visit with us Sunday December 3rd right here in the Chatroom.  For more information on this Celebrity please check our  December 2nd Issue of The Writer’s Chatroom Newsletter.

Celebrity Sunday Presents Emerian Rich

Submission: Holiday Season Critique Chat

Welcome to our Holiday Season Critique Chat

Would you like a crit from the entire chatroom? Then read and follow the guidelines exactlySubmissions that do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Email sally@writerschatroom.com 200-300 words from your work. Paste your submission into the email, do not send an attachment. Do not hit reply!
 Figure reading a book of notes
Use the subject line “Submission: Holiday Season Critique”.
Copy this list and put it at the beginning of the email, with your answers:
Genre: 
Format: (short story, novel, etc): 
Section: (beginning, middle or end of piece)
Name you intend to publish under: 
Name you use in the chatroom: 

You can add one or two sentences to set the scene, if needed. But no more than two sentences.
 

Submissions must be received by 3 pm ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017 to be eligible for chat.


Submissions following the guidelines will be used in the order they are received. I don’t know how many we will get through, but the queue starts when the first correct submission is received.
I strongly suggest you submit polished work. Most of our chatters are aiming for publication. To get there, you have to be able to handle honest critiques. I will not allow personal attacks, but problems in the writing will be openly discussed.
If you are not in attendance, your submission will be skipped. It’s a waste of everyone’s time to critique something if the author isn’t there to hear it.
Fiction, nonfic, essay, query letter…it doesn’t matter. I recommend trying to get an entire scene into 300 words. Full scenes get better crits.
Why only 300 words? More than that will scroll off the screen too quickly. People need to be able to read it, to give a good crit.
Please be on time for this chat. Crosstalk, including greetings, will be kept to a bare minimum. Make sure you have floated and enlarged your screen in chat, so you can keep up. Here we go…let’s see how many of you have learned to write well and follow submission guidelines.

Help Keep our Chatroom Free

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What is in a Plotline?

Little decorative thanksgiving themed corn and squashesThis is a Generated Plotline

It contains a Main Character, 2nd Character, Setting, Situation, Theme and Character Action.

MC = A woman in her early thirties, who is very foolish.
2nd C = A woman in her sixties, who can be quite manipulative.
Setting = The story begins in a restaurant.
Situation = Someone is accused of theft.
Theme = It’s a story about pride.
Character Action = Your character sets out to change everyone’s opinion.

This particular plot line will be on our blog at wrtierschatroom.com/wp and at our Forum.

Click on this Plot Generator Page and Generate your own plot line. Or use the idea above and share it here. Scroll down till you see the reply/comment box.

5 Tips for #NaNoWriMo I’ve Learned from My 464-Day Writing Streak – Sunday’s Topic Chat

5 Tips for #NaNoWriMo I’ve Learned from My 464-Day Writing Streak

Men Streaking National Novel Writing Month is like a marathon for writers. It’s designed to be hard, and designed to push you to write every day. That isn’t an easy thing. Like anyone training for a marathon, it helps to know how fast you can run a mile, and how long you can sustain that pace. The same is true for writing in NaNoWriMo.

My favorite tip –

3 Do not rewrite, do not delete

Trying to do so would be like trying to run a marathon in a tuxedo without breaking a sweat. There’s no point.

Join us on Sunday for a Topic Chat

Prompts & Word Sprints

word sprintsIt is that NaNoWriMo time of year and I hope everyone will enjoy a ‘prompt’ chat.

You do not need to be a November Novel Writing Month Participant to join us.

We will do timed writings using a random prompt generator.

Guests may type their responses directly into the chatroom or use your favorite word processing program.  There won’t be time to edit or dilly-dally over grammar, content or spelling. Sharing is optional but I think it is much more fun for everyone to share.

These word sprints will awaken your muse. In NaNo, a word sprint gets a writer un-stuck. They often come in useful to motivate a participant just enough to reach his or her daily word count.

Celebrity Sunday with Barb Drozdowich

Barb Drozdowich Visits our Chatroom Quarterly and is Always a Welcome and Informative Guest.

Barb Drozdowich Cover ArtWordPress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance novels.
She is the author of 15 books, over 40 YouTube videos, an online Goodreads course  and an online WordPress course, all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.

Celebrity Sunday Presents John Everson

John Everson is Coming Back to Chat with Us on Celebrity Sunday

John Everson PhotoJohn Everson is a staunch advocate for the culinary joys of the jalapeno and an unabashed fan of 1970s European horror cinema.  He is also the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of COVENANT,  SACRIFICE and seven other novels, including the creature feature spiderfest VIOLET EYES, the erotic horror Bram Stoker Award finalist NIGHTWHERE, and his latest REDEMPTION, the over-the-top conclusion to the COVENANT trilogy. Other novels include THE FAMILY TREE, THE PUMPKIN MAN, SIREN and THE 13TH. Over the past 25 years, his short stories have appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies. He is the founder of the independent press Dark Arts Books and has written novelettes for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and Jonathan Maberry’s V-WARS universe (Books 1 and 3) as well as stories for THE GREEN HORNET and KOLCHAK, THE NIGHT STALKER anthologies. He has had several short fiction collections issued by independent presses, including CAGE OF BONES & OTHER DEADLY OBSESSIONS, VIGILANTES OF LOVE, NEEDLES & SINS and most recently, SACRIFICING VIRGINS, released by Samhain Publishing at the end of 2015.  For more on his obsession with jalapenos and 1970s European horror cinema, as well as information on his fiction, art and music.

Get Redemption Today!Cover Art Redemption

my ninth novel, Redemption – the long awaited sequel to my first two novels Covenant and Sacrifice – is now available! Order your copy from Amazon.com – it is also a Kindle Select title, so available free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers! One of my my favorite horror novelists of all time, Edward Lee, read the novel at the end of December and described it like this:

“Redemption unfolds as horror-hero Joe Kieran’s finish-line sprint down the last leg of Everson’s addictive occult storyline of blood-gushing demonic machinations, cursed existential characters, and abominations incarnate.  Everson is a MASTER of the hardcore; he’s the rare kind of writer who’s so good you can’t proceed with your day until the book is finished.  No matter what you have planned, forget it; you won’t bother until you’ve turned the last page. (I missed a playoff game because of this book!)  Everson kicks out the jambs in this gory story of haunted religious missions, mind-boggling sex-rituals, and jaunts into Hell (and let’s not forget the communal demonic toilet!)  The Little Mermaid this ain’t. This is balls-to-the-wall, no-f–ing-around hardcore horror that hits the reader with the impact of a bucket of hot blood and innards in the face.  Read it!”

You can’t ask for a better endorsement than that!

View the book on Amazon now.