Carol Muskoron
 
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What is a mininovel?
You've written a novel. You're out there tweeting away, getting friends and family to review it and contacting agents, but what else can you do to help your cause? You can write a mininovel of your work of fiction and then blog it and tweet it - it'll take you about two minutes. Here's how to go about it.
How to write your mininovel

Copy and paste the first and last word of each chapter of your novel into a new document, putting each word on a fresh line so that your mininovel words form a poem shape. It's a good idea to include
exclamation marks but not speech marks which just seemed to get in the way. Using an ellipsis between the opening word and end word for each chapter is a good idea. And then read it - what do you think?
What's the point of mininovels?
When I read mine I found it had a resonance and slight essence of the full novel. I
work so so hard at the beginning and end of each chapter to get the sense of drama and tone right. In fact, writing my mininovel made me change the first word of one of the chapters from 'give' to 'get' as I thought 'get' was stronger.
From my mininovel I think you get a sense that there's some heavy stuff going on in part three of the full novel! I also love the product placement in part four. Without more ado, here it is. Scroll down to the bottom to find out how I came to invent the mininovel and to discover an even wilder idea. And
let's fill the world with mininovels! Publish yours and send me a link to it in my comments below (or just past it below).

Not Middlemarch the mininovel by Carol Muskoron

PROLOGUE
Virgin...
...alright.

PART 1
None...
...skin.
A...
....milk.
You...
...bed.
Annette...
...spades.
Gaby...
...stars.
Gerald...
...darling.
Wearing...
...table.

PART 2
More...
...vases.
The...
...tightly.
Get...
...are?
Where...
...Now!
Happiness...
...hurt.
Gerald...
...sea.
A...
...void.
Gaby...
...him.
They'd...
...happened.

PART 3
The...
...okay
Sitting...
...begin.
It...
...plane.
It...
...No 7.
J...
...them.
Squinting...
...thumb.
Gaby...
...reading.
Gaby...
...fists.
Gaby...
...away.
Gaby...
...childhood.

PART 4

Frosties...
...said.
Gaby...
...more.
The...
...again.
Floor...
...street.
Gaby...
...making.
Forward...
...together.
Gaby...
...fingers.
Gerald...
...time.

EPILOGUE

Gerald...
...track.


How the idea of the mini novel was born
Okay, so there I was, uploading my novel to Kindle - and just before I clicked 'Publish', I quickly checked that all the chapters were there and that nothing had dropped off. I went through the document and wrote down the first and last word of each chapter to check against my hard copy - and what I was left with looked a bit like a poem. I read it. I liked it. It had a good rhythm and it somehow gave a flavour of the pace and feel of the novel.

THAT WILD IDEA
You could write a mininovel and then write the novel around it! Now that would be interesting. Let me know if you do it and I'll demand to be invited to the launch party!
 


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