From short story to novel

messydeskThere haven’t been any comments in days and I’m beginning to feel I’m playing to an empty room — exactly the kind of feeling I was trying to avoid by creating a website.

Nor has anyone yet requested a single copy of Perfect Justice since its completion.

Ah, well…the show must go on, right? Even if the only person left in the auditorium is the director.

I am giving some thought to expanding Perfect Justice to novel form. The novel would open with Aiden’s trial and the events leading up to the portion in the short story, and also weave together the lives of Dr. Stevenson, Marcus, and the various litigators involved in a way which makes the ending even more meaningful.

This would be my first short-story-turned-novel project, and it’s exciting because it’s the first time I thought a short story had enough to it that it was worth expanding. It’s also exciting to get a glimpse behind the curtain of that process as I begin to see what other writers did when converting a short story to book, how the foundation of having a climax already written can help shape whole chapters with ease.

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  • Broaddus

    Sorry Jason, I am reading your blog every day, but I don’t normally have any comments worth commenting with. If you want I can simply put a Hey! or Boo! in the comments if you would like?

  • Broaddus

    Also, while I do like Hyperion, I find fault in you recommending a series of books that will never get completed! While the Wheel of Time was great, Robert Jordan short changed every one of his readers but not FINISHING the damn story!

  • Jason R. Peters

    You do realize that the Wheel of Time series is being finished by Brandon Sanderson, who (as it turns out) I like even better than old RJ?

  • Jason R. Peters

    @Broaddus It’s overkind of you to read every day. The occasional “we’re still listening” (like you just gave) is great, certainly not a daily necessity.

    Like many writers, I’m just neurotic.

  • Mr. Snuggles


    Haha…Inside joke. I expect the full text of this short story in my email by 5:00 PM EST, or Flurfy and I elope to Mexico! We’ve discussed it before, but we are so close to doing it, if our demands are not met. Don’t cross me!

    • Jason R. Peters

      I was wondering when you were going to whip out that phrase.

      You can have it tonight; it won’t be by five. Those who refuse to fill out the form STILL need to tell me what format they prefer, else I’ll send it in Swahili converted to a Pakistinai-designed Word Processor and encoded in Sanskrit.

  • Mr. Snuggles

    Form? I have Word and stuff. Word Perfect or whatever.

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