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Short Stories

So, I actually wrote a short story today. Let me clue you in on something:

I don't write short stories. I just don't think I have that type of writers mind. I'm more of the long epic fantasy kind of writer. Even now, my current WIP (which I hope will become my first published novel someday) is nearing 30,000 words out of the 100,000 I estimated. I can tell already, judging by how soon 40,000 will be coming up this novel will end up around the 150,000 to 160,000 mark instead.

Anyway, no sooner did I finish my short story and popped back to LJ land to see what was going on when I found this post from Magical Words: Short Stories v. Novels: Fight! by C. E. Murphy (mizkit) waiting to be read.

By the way, they have a cool website where each of the authors involved takes turns posting about their writing and publishing experiences.


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Sep. 13th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Short stories are tough. I like to enter short story contests and my first draft is usually around 4000 words. Then I have to whittle it down. Not so easy when the word limit is 1000 words. I think, maybe, I have long stories to tell and not short ones. Still, it's fun to try.
Sep. 14th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
I'm playing around with a couple of short stories at the moment. I'm actually using them as exercises in various narrative forms. The one I mentioned above is written mostly in short simple sentences throughout.

Another I'm working on is in 1st person, which I never write. And still another is actually in 1st person present tense, which I normally can't stand.

I did send the short story my post is about out to a magazine. After I wrote and revised it I realized, because I write exclusively long epic fantasy novels I haven't actually ever sent out anything to a publisher. I'm still honing my novel writing craft so I haven't had anything ready to send yet.

So, I sent out this short story. I'm not expecting it to get picked for publication, but I felt good about it being something worthy of sending out. It's just, I'm not a short story writer and don't really know that market well enough to know if my short story works in terms of what is expected from a short story.
Sep. 16th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of writing in 1st person either. I did try writing a short story in both 1st person and 3rd, just to see if the story would come out differently, which it did. It was also a good way to discover the limitations of different forms. Experimenting is a useful way to learn things. Unexpected things happen.

Good luck with your submission.
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