I’ve been far too busy eating chocolate and having a lazy time with my family and friends this long weekend to really do much work. You may have noticed I even handed over the blog to the lovely Lucy Felthouse, while I was away.
But just because no words have actually been hitting paper, doesn’t mean I’ve been entirely unproductive. Over the last couple of days I have managed to play around with ideas for five of the six short stories I still have to write this round. Some of them will change, I’m sure, by the time I get round to writing them, but at least I have a jumping off point for most of them.
That last one, though… I have a feeling that one might be tricky. Better save some chocolate for when I get to that one.
Lucy’s post on her first time writing a novella got me thinking about the pieces I’m writing most at the moment.
Writing short stories is something of a new adventure for me, and I’m still in that crazy honeymoon period where I want to write them all the time. Compared to the longer stuff I’m used to writing, the idea that everything has to fit into, say, 4k-6k words is still astonishing to me. Character, plot, change, meaning, everything! Not to mention, in the stories I write, a whole lot of sex.
I love writing stories specifically for anthologies, which give me a theme, or an idea, and let me run with it. Thinking around the theme and trying to find something different to do with it is half the fun. And really, it’s about as instant gratification as writing gets for me!
What’s your favourite length to write? Do you zip off flash fiction, or spend years on sprawling epics? Or are you somewhere in between?