Revamping Ye Olde Scifi Novel

Hey there! Good weekend? Mine was decent. I got a few things done, slept some additional hours, which is always a plus.

I’ve also been watching a lot of Supernatural…like a LOT. It’s currently on Netflix, and I’m worried they’re going to pull it before I can get through it all. I’m creeping toward the end of season 7.

I like the way Supernatural handles their story arcs. Like many book series, they have short arcs for individual episodes, longer ones for several episodes or seasons or the series as a whole.

Binge-watching the show is much faster than reading or listening to books, so I get to see how it all weaves together in a kind of fast forward. And I think this skillful balance between the shorter stories and the longer stories might be part of the reason this show has been able to continue on for so long. It hasn’t gotten stale for me, not yet, anyway.

If you read the blog regularly, you might remember my scifi novel project from a while back. I finished the book, requested a few beta readers. It did not go well. I don’t think anyone even finished it. They thought the pace was too slow. That feedback was part of the reason I switched my focus to short fiction. Scratch that. There were several reasons by the end, but the feedback was the catalyst for the introspection that led to the switch. That’s probably a better way of putting it.

After I get the first short fiction series up and running, the scifi book is next up on the writing to-do list. What does this have to do with Supernatural? I’m getting to that.

I probably already mentioned that I plan to break the novel apart. Instead of one book, I’m going with three novellas (or novelettes?) that mimic Supernatural’s nesting story arc format and fast pacing. The overall plot will be more exciting that way, more ups and downs and bite-size pieces.

Parts 1 and 2 will have their own stories within the larger story, connected but also with their own separate conclusions. Part 3 is going to focus on wrapping up the bigger story, and if I decide to keep this one going (I probably will), there’s an even larger story arc I can ride if I choose to.

The best part of this was that when I thought about the existing story, the bits and pieces for the smaller stories were already there. It’s like Past Me had some idea of where this would end up. Thanks, Past Me!

Oh yes, this is going to be fun.





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