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The serial, the novella and the cliffhanger

I wrote the other day about ‘the book of the film’ – my original inspiration for writing ‘White Cairns’:

It was earlier this year that I realised that it might be feasible to release my stories as a series of novellas, rather than as TV scripts.

At the end of last year, I started reading G.R.R Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ series.

G.R.R Martin’s fame as an author is such that, when the books were optioned to become a TV series, he became heavily involved in the production, as co-executive producer, and scriptwriter of one of the 10 episodes for each season’s story arc.
The lesson I learned from that was that if you’re good enough as a writer, then you can be both a novelist and a scriptwriter, if you want.

Then, on holiday in May, I read my first ‘proper’ eBook – until then I’d been a bit of a traditionalist, preferring paper books, and had borrowed the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series from the library.

I was recommended ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir, which was 77p on Kindle but only for a few more days as he’d been offered a traditional publishing contract (sadly it’s going to be £11.64 when it’s published by Ebury Digital in February).

It was a gripping read, and, from following one of the ‘you might also like’ links, I ended up reading the ‘Desolate’ series by Robert Brumm.

Those weren’t quite so well-written as ‘The Martian’, but they had real cliff-hanger endings, and I just had to know what happened next. Plus, they were relatively cheap – and quite short, which is when I had the ‘light-bulb moment’ and realised that perhaps I could do this too…

And thereby hangs a tale. Or a novella…