From the desk of W. J. Onufer…
Just when you think you have a few years under your belt as a published author, are comfortable in that and think there’s nothing more you cam learn about writing- you bump into something you don’t know about writing. And in that bumping, you learn something new.
My newest Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book is not a book-length novel. It’s compilation of Hadley short stories, titled, Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Vol. One.
More than one year before the book’s release, I created the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection on Mixcloud. From that time until the books release (and after) I periodically added posts to that. In that over one-year of time, it really did become a collection of Hadley audio stories. The idea was to cross-promote both the read-book and the listened-to-audio. Kind of a Hadley Price short story cluster.
Hadley has suggested to me that it be called the Comprehensive Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Short Short Continium- encompassing both the read and audio material. She and I kind of go back and forth on calling it this. She knows that when we present stuff to the public, it sort of looks like we know what we’re doing. And while Hadley always knows what she’s doing, I’m just a Human, not a Vampire like she. Everything we do behind the scenes before I release something to the public, can often be a bit chaotic. At times it’s one big cluster F…utzengoober. Yes. Futzengoober. A very unflattering adjective to describe a cluster. Writer’s technical jaron.
But something very interesting occasionally reveals itself in the midst of choas. And Hadley would tell you that if there there was anyone who would have the opertunity to see things revealed in such a scenerio, it would be someone as chaotic as me.
What have I discovered in the more than one-year-long adventures of writing this new Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Short Story Collection book and producing it’s companion Hadley Price audio?
Writing to be read and writing to be heard are not necessarily the same thing.
(Duh! Did you just figure that out, Warren?)
Think of this way- Shakespear was not written to be read. It was written to be heard. Actors on stage saying the lines.
Now I’ve had the good fortune to have some of my writing produced with professional voice actors by Eric Busy Presents- an online audio drama theater company. And I submitted that writing in script form. My writing style is dialogue-heavy, so it’s always been relatively easy to convert that to a spoken-word script format
I’ve likewise had some success in producing my own stuff for the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection on Mixcloud.
Maybe the reason I’ve come to see this is that I have NOT been working on the next novel-length Hadley Price book, over the last year or so. Just Hadley short stories. Now that her next book is in production and will be released soon, I’m getting back to that. In this back and forth, one thing is very clear- novels and short stories are two entirely different kinds of animals.
I knew that going into it. But it’s only recently that I’ve gained a new understanding of what writing works in read-form and not in heard-form- and vise versa. For the most part, anything I wrote would work in either. But the more I wrote shorter Hadley fiction, the more I ran into the occasion where something I wrote just didn’t work in read-form. It did, however, totally work in audio, listening-form.
I can’t help thinking that my on-going production of the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection on Mixcloud over the last year or so has, in part, rewired my brain to think in terms of what a story sounds like. Agressive or more subtle reading by me. Music and sound effects to embelish the dramatic moments. With short story writing I now tend to think about the technical side of what it would take to make that entertaining for a listener.
In novel writing, none of that clutter is a factor. Audio books withstanding, novels are designed to be read. I still have yet to decide if this audio influence will get in the way in any future writing- or if that is simply just one, of the now more than one, ways that I write.
If you’re a writer, never get complacent in that. Take it for me. There’s a something-you-don’t-know-about-writing bump in your future.
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Before the release of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Vol. One, catch-up on all the other novel-length Hadley Price books here-
Listen to Hadley short stories on the Tales of The Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection here. (No, you don’t get to cheat on this. Not all the short stories in the book are in the narrated version. Most aren’t. But there are some FREE-bees here.)