Guest Post // Hide In Place by Emilya Naymark
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Short Stories to Novels
from Hide in Place Author, Emilya Naymark
I’ve always been a fan of short stories, and my first forays into writing were short form. Even as a child, I wrote short stories. I officially decided to become an author late(r) in life, when I realized that my first passion—painting—was no longer fulfilling me, though I did and still very much enjoy design. I needed a creative outlet that would allow me a complete escape from my mind and writing proved to be that.
I had to start from almost zero since my education and career had been art related. I believe everything can be taught, and anyone can do anything, given the right recipe. So, I took classes. An exercise in one of my first classes turned into a biographical short story and was eventually published in a collection by HIAS, an organization that helps refugees around the world.
I still didn’t know how to put together a novel, but everywhere I turned I was told that a collection of short stories as a debut was a nonstarter. I took more classes, read a heap of novels, and outlined the ones I liked to reverse engineer the plots.
Eventually I wrote something that resembled a novel and began querying agents. That novel went nowhere, as did the second one, but somewhere in the mix I started writing short stories again and sending them out. And I began placing them! In anthologies, literary journals, online and in print. Suddenly, I had writing credits when I sent out my query for the third novel, which became Hide in Place.
I enjoy writing both formats. The lovely thing about short stories is that I can get one researched, written, workshopped, and sent on its way in about a month. A book takes a year at best. I outline both, though both short and long form begin with sketches and character development. I will often write to a prompt with an idea, and once I have the idea fleshed out, I outline.
Short or long, writing is like playing music—I can feel when I’m off key. I write and re-write until the plot, the characters, the pacing, and especially the ending begin to sing. Having said that, I, like many writers, can quickly get to a point where I have no clue if my words make sense, much less if the story is good. That’s when it’s time to step back and let it simmer for a week.
My novels follow average, middle-class people who behave badly (commit crimes) or find themselves in utterly untenable situations. I especially like writing morally ambiguous characters. But my short stories seem to take a more subconscious route. I’m more likely to write from a male POV (still don’t know why, but I’m not arguing with my unconscious), and my characters tend to be from poor working-class backgrounds (my past rising from the depths?) I’m prone to adding seemingly supernatural elements to my short stories, though it’s important to stress that I’m a crime writer through and through. If I include a mystery, it will always have a real-world explanation.
There is nothing so fascinating as all the ways perfectly normal people can go bad. We all have dark corners in our souls, and those corners make for the best kind of reading. And writing, short or long.
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Emilya Naymark’s short stories appear in Secrets in the Water, After Midnight: Tales from the Graveyard Shift, River River Journal, Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories 2017, 1+30: THE BEST OF MYSTORY, and in the upcoming Harper Collins anthology A Stranger Comes to Town.
She has a degree in fine art, and her artworks have been published in numerous magazines and books, earning her a reputation as a creator of dark, psychological pieces.
When not writing, Emilya works as a visual artist and reads massive quantities of thrillers and crime fiction. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family.
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