Monday, September 7, 2015

A Step in the Write Direction--September 7, 2015--Differences between Short Stories and Novels

A Step in the Write Direction
September 7, 2015

Update: Thank you so much for all your responses to my question on the blog—the length and frequency. About 95%  thought it was okay as is and the others gave very good suggestions. I’ll incorporate a couple of these next week. This has been a good week: a good church service yesterday, enjoying the new flooring in our mobile home, and thankful for several proofreading and editing jobs that have come in. It’s been six months today that I joined the “living alone” category. Over the past few years I often wondered what it would be like when my husband was gone (every illness I thought would be his last). I knew it would be hard, but had no idea how hard. But I can say that God has been with me every minute. As the Bible verse says, “As your day, so shall your strength be.” If you have a prayer request you would like me to post next week, send me an email and I’ll share it—unspoken, if you like. (Pray for my 80-year-old brother who had a heart attack last week, had a stent put in, went home, and then went back by ambulance yesterday with 3 blood clots in the lung.)

Thought for Today: I used to think that God's gifts were on shelves one above the other and that the taller we grew in Christian character, the more easily we should reach them. I find now that God's gifts are on shelves one beneath the other and that is not a question of growing taller, but of stooping lower and that we have to go down, always down to get His best ones (F.B. Meyer).

Song for Today:
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
            “When I Survey,” Isaac Watts

Laugh for Today:
·         Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other, “Does this taste funny to you?”
·         An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.
·         Mahatma Gandhi walked barefoot most of the time which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him…a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

Writers’ Tips:
Similarities between the Short Story and the Novel[i]
1. Both usually focus on at least one main character.
2. Both generally rely heavily on characterization.
3. Both require a plot evolving out of the needs and motivations of the main character.
4. Both require that the main character change in some way as a result of the plot action.
5. Both require clean, clear, crisp writing.
6. Both require a central theme.
7. Both require a particular point of view or slant.
8. Both require a beginning, middle, and end.
9. Both require competent use of the tools of fiction.
10. Both require the writer to feel deeply about his characters and subject.
Differences between the Short Story and the Novel
In the novel you can:
1. Create more complex characters.
2. Change points of view with each chapter.
3. Utilize subplots.
4. Cover more ground—in time, complications, characterization, and theme.
5. Give your main character a problem that cannot be easily solved and that is worthy of
    his wholehearted effort and concentration.

Adapted from Carole Gift Page, “Fiction Facts—Similarities and Differences: The Novel and the Short Story,” The Christian Communicator, April 1992, pp. 7-8.

 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich

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  1. I am sorry your brother has to go through this. I have emailed you a special prayer request.

  2. Thank you. Will add your request to next week's blog. Am praying.