Subplots Galore


Thanks to Marlena Frank I discovered this fantasy writing contest and publishers Baen.com, a potential home for a fantasy novel I’m planning, so thanks very much to Marlena and may the best girl win!

Marlena Frank

More progress! Hmm I seem to have written over the word count limit. At least I’m in the final scene though!

Guess I’ll have to cut out some of the subplots that sprang up throughout the story. From what I hear, that’s a normal problem when you go from writing on novels -> short stories. You just get so used to dropping in subplots and whatnot to give more character depth. In short stories though you have to have limited space. You have to balance a detailed environment, character depth, and plot development. I’ll have to comb back through it with a chainsaw once I’m finally done.

Title: The Scorn of a Sorceress
Deadline: June 1st – gives a month for edits/review
Deadline for Contest: June 30th
Contest Link: 2014 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
New words written:
5/24 – 1,183
5/25 – 1,100
Present total word count: 8,032 (Oops! For…

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2 thoughts on “Subplots Galore

  1. i love writing fantasy, it is supposed to be the easiest genre to impress, but it is really tough one, to imagine a new idea in this genre is really really tough!

    all the best!

    • Thanks, and yes, there is so much competition out there, it is difficult to impress agents these days…having said that, most manuscripts sent in these days are apparently pretty awful because writers are too lazy to even use the spell checker let along adhere to agents’ and publishers’ submission guidelines.

      Irrespective of the genre one writes in, the same is true for all: unless your characters are strong and rounded, unless your plotting is water-tight without gaping holes in it and unless the world you create is a believable one, you are not going to succeed as a writer for you will have failed to engage your reader.

      Many fantasy and scify writers come up with original ideas, but fail utterly in doing these ideas justice because they do not edit their work properly and won’t take advice from industry experts.

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