Friday, February 28, 2014

Keepin' It Short

After much thought the past few weeks, I've decided to turn my attention to another short-story collection. 

I already have four stories in the can, following the theme of my previous 12-story collection, "Laments." I suppose these next stories will be "Laments: Volume Two" when I'm ready to publish. I also plan for this to be a dozen stories of various lengths. Of course, once I begin writing, that could all change because a story tells itself, and it's not over until it's over.

I was considering working on another novel, and that may still happen in the coming weeks, but I simply haven't found a specific topic I want to address at this time. It has to be something that I feel strongly about because I want to be able to convey those thoughts into words.

I have to have burning desire inside me before I make a commitment to write a novel. I may even work on multiple projects, if I am so moved. Only time will tell.

But I enjoy short stories -- reading and writing them.  And some authors believe there's no better way to get back into a regular writing groove than to write short stories. I recall one author who said it shouldn't be that difficult producing one a week.

I'll begin this project on March 1, and if things go well, will reach my goal in two months. I'll keep you posted.

Until the next time...


  1. I enjoy writing short stories, the only thing that spoils it is, I don't like reading them. there's no time to become deeply immersed before, it's suddenly finished. Yet that is the skill of the short story author. If he/she can give us everything in a short time then the job has been done well.

  2. I believe that's a key to a successful short story -- knowing when to end. For me, I prefer short stories to be focused and developed within the framework of several thousand words. A short story is not a novel but maybe a mini-novella since it zeroes in on one plot. Thanks for your comment, Roger. I hope your writing is coming along nicely.