Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

Writer-type struggles

Just described the Telenias/Katrina story thusly: "I feel like I'm telling the percussion of their story but having to leave out the bassline. And the bassline is what I dance on."

I need time to let the reader care about the relationship here. And I'm struggling with how to do that in a reasonable length. This is a novel-length story, these two, and I am trying to hypercompress it and keep everything as it should be. I need to give Telenias time to open up. I need to give the reader time to see that Katrina's not a petulant child, she's just scared and adrift in a foreign place, clinging to the one person who's been good to her.

My short stories thus far have been snapshots, hyperilluminations of a moment or few moments. "Fortune" is one night, one conversation. "Valentines" is broader, but it's still really about the fallout of one event; same with "The Angel of Fremont Street".

Fun with new skillsets.

Telling stories of love and loss and duty and breakdowns in < 5,000 words is hard. Let's go shopping.
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