After the whirlwind writing of Forbidden Passions (which will be out this Fall, in case you hadn’t heard :c) ), I began a new novel that takes place during the women’s suffrage movement. I got a few chapters into it and kinda stagnated. It’ll still get written, but I decided to take a break from novel writing to work on some short stories.
I love writing short stories. I know several authors who seem to think Short Story writing is some form of medieval torture, but I really enjoy writing them. I thought I’d write a blog and try to put into words what it is that draws me to writing brief, succinct stories as opposed to the long, drawn out, in-depth novels. Not that I don’t love writing novels. And I don’t think I prefer one over the other. I just consider writing short stories a way to keep the writing juices flowing while taking a break from the labor-intensive novel.
One thing that draws me to short stories is the challenge of meeting a certain theme. Whether the theme be paranormal, long-term love, or college fun, there is a specific theme to write to. That’s one of the things I enjoy the most. You’ve got a certain theme that’s generally more specific than “Romance” or “Erotica.” Altho I’m working on some stories for one anthology that’s erotica, but it has to be no more than 1200 words. So while the theme is broad, the word count is very confining.
Another thing is that you can write a short story in a matter of weeks, whereas generally a novel takes me several months to a year. Sometimes longer, depending. So there’s a feeling of accomplishment sooner – more like that instant gratification I search for LOL.
I’d like to hear from other writers on your feelings about writing short stories and I’d like to hear from readers – do you read short stories? If so – what draws you to them?
For now, I look forward to comments and I’m off to write!