Between novels

October 16, 2014

“What now? Are you working on a second book?” –cshin9

The cardinal rule of writing fiction is to never stop. When one book is finished, you can’t rest on your laurels. While you’re editing that one, get started on the next one so there’s more story coming down the line.

That doesn’t mean the next story needs to be a novel, though.

It always struck me as odd how all the major events in characters’ lives happen at the same time. While the book is going on, major changes happens, and in between the characters are pretty much the same.

But that’s not how life works. I like to write adventures, but sometimes the best adventures don’t take place during major, life-changing events. Sometimes the smaller adventures are just as fun. So I’m taking a page from Full Metal Panic! author Gatoh Shoji, and doing some Fumoffu of my own.

In between novels, I plan to release short stories set in the same world and with the same characters as my novels. These will be the smaller adventures, exploring the world, fleshing out the characters, and moving the plot along incrementally. They won’t be fluff, they’ll just be the fun stories that happen to take less time to tell, but are worth telling even so.

The best thing for you? Some of these will be free! My plan is to write a few in between the first and second full-length novels, some of which I’ll release for free on my site, and some of which will only be found in a compilation volume I’ll put together later on. So if you enjoy my first book, there will be the occasional free story to tide you over into the next one drops.

That’s what I’m working on now. I think the first book is great, but the stories that come after it will be a lot of fun as well. I’m excited to show you both.

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.


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    This sounds awesome. It’s great that you have enough confidence in your work to try things with a different tone, and to give some stories away instead of saving them.

    Posts like this make me feel really…happy for you. It’s like Days of Dash starts playing in my head while I’m reading. Watching your journey has been a fun, inspiring privilege, Stilts. Thanks for giving us that opportunity.

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      Not gunna lie, I got a big stupid smile on my face when I read this comment, and then I immediately rushed and played Days of Dash so it would last a little longer!

      I do have to correct one thing—it’s I who should be thanking YOU. Not only for the kind words, but for caring enough to watch my journey (so far!). That anyone listens to me continues to amaze me, but I’m thankful for it from the bottom of my heart.

      Oh, one other correction—not all my short stories will be different in tone (comedic or otherwise … I knew that Fumoffu comparison was going to get me in trouble!). Some will be, but the full novels won’t be so serious that I need to lighten up in between. You’ll know what I mean soon :3

      But some will certainly be free! It’s more fun to get the stories out there so more people can enjoy them. They’ve been cooped up inside my head for too long as is.

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