It’s time once again to welcome another Author to my page. Melion Traverse is a writer and a grad student (how do you find the time?).
What’s the difference between a book that draws you in and keeps you interested beyond the last page and one that you enjoyed but forgot as soon as you closed it? It’s all about the details. Those little things that no-one notices, but make all the difference between getting lost in the pages and not. It’s the details that make the world of a novel real in the minds of the reader.
There are so many jokes about authors and cats. About people who have cats in general. It almost feels like a cliche to point out that I, too, have cats. And yet, when I think about it, only about half, maybe less, of my friends and acquaintances have cats, but well over 75% of my writer friends have or want cats. There must be something to it.
I have recently had the pleasure of reading three short stories in Ash Litton’s Appalachian Dream Tales series. These are some stories you aren’t going to want to miss. The first two, Thoroughbred and Evening Hollow are available for immediate download (so what are you waiting for?) while Comeuppance is available for pre-order.
How long is your story? How long should it be? Is a novella better than a novel for a first time writer? Should you write something as epic as War and Peace or keep it under 100k words? Such weighty problems that some new writers obsess over are really simple to figure out once you realize what the real questions are.