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Question 445: Small Concept

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Grace asks: I’ve had works rejected by publishers for being “small.” Do you have any thoughts on “small concept” stories and what works, or doesn’t work about them?

Resources Mentioned

Independence Day
Shakespeare
Down From Ten
Smoke Rings
A Ghostly Christmas Present
Bodies in the Basement
Pulp Fiction
James Clavell
Robert Ludlum
Lee Childs
Nora Roberts
Stephen King

 

 

Questions 436: Novels and Screenplays

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Ian asks: How do you pull in the best influences from film and television into a novel, without mixing in the wrong elements?

Resources Mentioned:

Splinter of the Mind’s Eye
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: radio, television, and book