17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting | Electric Literature

This week author Ian McEwan expressed his love of short novels, saying “very few [long] novels earn their length.” Certainly it seems like a novel has to be a minimum of 500 pages to win a major literary award these days, and many genre novels have ballooned to absurd sizes.

I’ve tried to avoid the most obvious titles that are regularly assigned in school (The Stranger, Heart of Darkness, Mrs Dalloway, Of Mice and Men, Frankenstein, The Crying of Lot 49, etc.). Hopefully you’ll find some titles here you haven’t read before.

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How Do You Measure Your Success As A Writer?


If you’re an author, there is no better dream than to have the word ‘bestselling’ affixed to your title. Seeing your name at the top of a bestselling list, be it on Amazon, The New York Times or on Goodreads. The reality is however, that there is only room for one book at any given time at the peak of what is a gigantic and ever growing pyramid of published books. For most of us we have to accept that our books are probably going to reside towards the ‘fatter’ part of this bestselling pyramid…

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Stephen King: The Writer’s Voice


Across a long and prolific career, Stephen King’s works can be shown to evolve alongside the author. This special feature discusses how a writer’s voice in their work is tied to the writer’s personal experience and explores the risk of literary influence by examining specific entries in King’s canon…

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How to Self Edit and Proofread your Book


Self-publishing may be an inexpensive way to publish a book, but without thorough proofread and editing, it can turn out to be an embarrassing disaster.

While there is just no escaping the absolute necessity of having an independent pair of eyes at least proofread your book before publishing, you can save yourself a lot of money and embarrassment by doing some of the work yourself.

However, our brains are programmed in an odd way that can make it difficult to find errors in our own writing. So here are a few ways I have found that work effectively. This is not to say that you will achieve perfection, but I guarantee you will be very surprised by the number of errors you do find.

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25 Things to Know About Writing the First Chapter of Your Novel


A reader walks into a bookstore. Spies an interesting book. What does she do? Picks it up. Flips to the first chapter. Or, if I can find the first chapter online somewhere, I’ll read it there. One way or another, I want to see that first chapter. Because that’s where you grab me by the balls or where you push me out the door. The first chapter is where you use me or lose me…

Via http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/05/29/25-things-to-know-about-writing-the-first-chapter/

How I went from Writing 2,000 words a day to 10,000 words a day…

Concept image with What is Your Story printed on an old typewriter

When I told people that I’d gone from writing 2k words to 10k words per day, I got a huge response. Everyone wanted to know how I’d done it, and I finally got so sick of telling the same story over and over again that I decided to write it down here.
So, once and for all, here’s the story of how I went from writing 500 words an hour to over 1500, and (hopefully) how you can too…

How To Supercharge Your Writing With This Cinematic Technique


Would you like to know how to supercharge your writing?

Today, novelists are using cinematic technique to create visually dynamic scenes.

Readers, used to watching movies and TV, have come to expect a more ‘cinematic’ experience when they read.

They want to watch the story unfold before their eyes rather than be told what is happening in summary or exposition.

Via http://writetodone.com/how-to-supercharge-your-writing/