Saturday, 14 May 2011

New Excerpt from Novella.

Writing a novella is something new for me, and I may not, come the ending, feel happy with a shortened story. Who can say? But I'm giving it a go, because like flash-fiction, it's a great exercise in honing one's work, of cutting to the bone yet still conveying a wonderful story. The image below inspired the writing of "Her Favoured Captain"  an ongoing WIP.


It's a Royal Navy ship, and something about the image stirred my imagination.  The dark sky, the chill looking waters and sails lashed in implied (to me) the hulk at anchor, and that aspect inspired dark thoughts.  What if, what if . . . ?  And, from those dark thoughts came Emerald Lady Penhavean and a mysterious Captain of the high seas. If you would like to sample a taste of this novella, go here.
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   Quick add-on: I have now finished this novella, and it has a lovely twist in the tale!

17 comments:

  1. Hi Suzanne,

    All dark and foreboding: perfect!

    best
    F

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  2. ...one could draw from its savagery and pen themselves a nifty thriller based on the open water.

    Well done:)

    EL

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  3. Hi Elliot,

    Thanks for stopping by. Nifty thriller!(?). It does have a bit of thrill factor, perhaps not open waters but dark all the same and a tad risque. ;)

    best
    F

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  4. Somehow Portsmouth, England, comes to mind, with all sorts of exotic tales. Very nice! I thoroughly enjoyed your excerpt. Great job!

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  5. Hi Kittie,

    Thanks for kind comment! Portsmouth certainly once a famous naval base, but the fictional locale for this novella is based on a Cornish creek just over the border from Devon.

    best
    F

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  6. Oh what a great inspiration!
    Good luck with the novella.
    I have toyed with the idea of writing one myself and may yet have a go.
    How do you think the novella differs from the short story and the novel? :O)

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  7. Hi Madeleine,

    Difficult question: other than novella length around 10,000-15,000 words, and short story max of say about 5,000-7,000. I've heard novellas sell well for reading on cellphones/blackberries etc in kindle format! Maybe I'll find out if that's true or not, when I get it finished. It's fun, but tough in keeping it condensed and of (hopeful) page-turning properties!

    With a novel one has scope for expanding elements of character relationships, their hopes and fears etc, in a novella it's cut to the chase all the way no waffle. ;)

    best
    F

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  8. Historical wow is how I described it on twitter. Great stuff. Bit like our word limit on Romantic Friday Writers huh?

    Denise<3

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  9. Hi D,

    Thanks, it was fun writing it, and it does have a lovely twist in the tale!

    best
    F

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  10. Hi Francine. I'm headed over to read your novella. I also shared the tag you gave me today.
    Nancy

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  11. Enjoyed your story. Amazed by your language. I would have trouble writing like that.
    Nancy

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  12. Hi Nancy,

    Glad you liked it.

    Re language: I have no idea how, but it comes easy to me like I'm used to it. Spooky!

    best
    F

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  13. Hey Francine. I love your picture for Her Favoured Captain. Leaves a lot to the imagination! Best wishes.

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  14. Hi Dora,

    Thanks for dropping by. Yeah, I just love that image! ;)

    best
    F

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  15. What great inspiration! My new WIP is a novella, too.

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  16. Hi MP,

    Good luck! They're not as easy as on thinks, are they?

    best
    F

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