EelKat's ABCs of Writing


Below are questions which have been sent to me from my readers via the Ask EelKat advice column. Each question is a link. Clicking that link will take you directly to the article which I wrote to answer said question. I have tried to arrange them by category in order to make it easier for you to find the answers you need.

As my long time readers will already know a server crash took down most of the old free-hosted site on June 4, 2013 (which was online since 1997 and had reached 6,000+ pages). Thankfully everything was saved on a separate hard-drive and the site is being rebuilt with a new host and for the first time on it's own domain. YAY!

I am currently moving all 6,000 questions&answer articles to this site one page at a time, at a rate of about 4 to 7 new pages being added each day, so be patient. Not all links are yet clickable. This process started on September 2, 2013 and will be ongoing at least through to January 2014. (And it may be well into 2017 before all 6,000 pages will be back online if I continue at this rate of 5 a day.)

General Story Writing

Is It a Novel, a Novella, a Short Story or Something Else?

If I were to write a book, could it be based at least partly upon my experiences - even if it were fiction?

How do you know if you have a series on your hands?

How do I write historical fiction memoirs?

I want to write horror, but I'm only 14. Am I too young to write it?

Writing Non-Fiction

I witnessed 9/11. I'm only 13 years old. Am I too young to write about what happened?

Writing Novels

How do you begin a novel? What techniques do you use?

Writing Short Stories

How do you begin a short story? What techniques do you use?

Your Questions Answered

Who can I contact if my questions are not answered here?

Do I retain ownership of the content I write?

What does working title mean?

Am I too young to buy this book? (Book Ratings)

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