Expanding a short story

By | September 13, 2010

I’ve decided to expand What’s in a Story? into a full-length novel. I’ve always wanted to write a novel, but with the chronic headache I had for many years, I never felt up to it. Now that the headache is gone, I’m feeling better; and I’m remembering that I once aspired to be a science fiction writer.

What’s in a Story? isn’t science fiction; its a sexual adventure. But its been so long since I wrote any fiction, that I want to start with what John Scalzi calls a ‘practice novel’. This will give me a chance to improve my scene and dialog writing without having to worry about the world building that’s essential to most sci fi.

Since the lead character is also a hypnotist/mind controller, this novel will also appeal to the same audience who buy my recordings. So even if I don’t sell it to a publisher, I’ll be able to sell the novel on my web site. (Yes, I’m planning to sell it, like a paperback. So I won’t be posting any more chapters on my web site.)

I’ve written 5 chapters so far (about 10,000 words). So I have a long way to go before it will be ready to send to a publisher. But I’m off to a good start.