Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Writing Serials

What am I reading now?  Blood and Snow (RaShelle Workman)
Annd . . . what do I think so far?  I've just read the first two volumes of the twelve in this book. 

Here's the blurb from Goodreads though:
"Lips red as rubies, hair dark as night. Drink your true love's blood, become the Vampire, Snow White."

EVERY THOUSAND YEARS THE VAMPIRE QUEEN SELECTS A NEW BODY, ALWAYS THE FAIREST IN THE LAND, AND THIS TIME SHE'S CHOSEN SNOW WHITE. 

Snow White lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her dad, stepmother, and her cat, Gatsby. Her entire life she's been teased for her fairy tale name, and the fact that her seven best friends happen to be guys whose names begin with the same letters as the seven dwarves. 

Everything changes two months before her sixteenth birthday. She's bitten by The Hunter, and transformed into a revenant—not quite human, not quite vampire.



Writing Serials
I attended the iWriteNetwork Summer Workshop this past weekend and heard some great ideas from the presenters. One of the Friday presenters was RaShelle Workman with the topic of how to write serials. The book I'm currently reading was written as a serial: 12 short stories with about 10 chapters each were published independently from each other as novellas. Then when the series was complete they were combined into a book to tell the full story.

During her session, we were given time to map out an idea for a story to tell through serials using the method she explained. Deanna and I mapped a story that we've been considering for a while but didn't have a vision to start yet. It was so exciting to see how this format could enhance the story idea and be an exciting new writing adventure for us.

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