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Why I Started Writing Short Stories

Short stories are a type of writing I never really saw myself working on.I’ve recently been told (by multiple people, actually) to do something more with my short stories. And I’m looking into that, I really am. It’s just that it’s not something that can magically happen overnight as much as I will it to.

I’ve recently been told (by multiple people, actually) to do something more with my short stories. And I’m looking into that, I really am. It’s just that it’s not something that can magically happen overnight as much as I will it to.

But it got me thinking as to why I started writing short stories in the first place and when. Because, as I just said, I never thought about shorts. I had always planned on writing novels and that was that.

Why I Started writing short stories

Why did I start writing short stories and when?

This blog. Of course, everything goes back to this blog.

I had originally started this blog as an author platform for when I published a novel, or two… or five… (yeah, who knows?)

But, in the beginning, it was mostly me complaining about how much homework I had and how I didn’t have any time to get any writing done. I changed that with one simple feature on my blog and called it, Short Story Sunday.

I wanted this blog to be more consistent with writing and I wanted to get more of my original writing out into the world.

It made sense because this blog was my main area of the Internet and I didn’t know Wattpad existed at the time. I knew of FanFiction, but I wanted to work on original writing.

Wait, speaking of FanFiction…

Oh, yeah. Remember I started writing when I was ten-years-old because Kris started writing on the website FanFiction? I want to copy her, so I wrote a few things here and there. And when I say that I mean…

My writing was terrible, but I posted 58 stories on that website. (My goal was to post 100 stories on there, but then I discovered blogging. Which is probably a good thing.)

So, 58 stories and guess what? 34 of them are one-shots. 34. In other words, they’re one chapter long, also known as… short stories.

According to my profile on that site, I posted my first one-shot in April 2005. Guys, that was about 12 and a half years ago. Wow…

Apparently, I’ve been writing short stories for a while.

I’m sure I’ve written some before then, but April 2005 is the oldest document to date.

In other words, I have over 12 years experience writing short stories, right? That makes me some sort of expert, right?

(Probably not, but let’s pretend… Like I do with everything else I talk about on this blog.)

I’m going to be spending the month of September talking all about short stories. I’m going to be working on various short stories this month and trying to organize my writing a bit, so I think this is an appropriate topic.

So, join me on this not-so-new adventure. Just don’t tell Google.

Do you write short stories? What got you started? Let me know in the comments below!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

26 thoughts on “Why I Started Writing Short Stories

  1. Woooo! More short stories. You know, once I started writing short stories I found writing novels harder. They took too long to get to the “cliffhanger”. That is, until I realised that each chapter in a book (or section) is its own short story just continued.

    Looking forward to reading them!

    1. Ah, that’s an interesting way to look at it. But I get what you mean. I’ve written a few novels, have gotten stuck on a few, or just didn’t edit others, and then I started writing short stories and I’ve been more focused on that lately.

    1. The shorter pieces can definitely be challenging but can be easier in a way. I’ve written a few picture books and I have to say that I really enjoy that kind of writing.

  2. I love short stories. I love reading them because I don’t have the time to invest in a novel. They’re quick reads, but they can be just as impactful as a novel. And I love writing them for the same reason. I love the challenge of cramming tons of punch into a restrictive format.

    I don’t think I’ve reached that point yet, but I still love short stories and will continue to write short stories. Maybe I’ll publish a collection or write a novella.

  3. Short stories are an awesome format. Hopefully they will see a revival with the advent of indie authors. Shorts are a way for me to branch into other genres and they have the ability to hone those writing skills.
    Also, I started with shorts because I could work all of my “bugs” out. Shorts give the new author technical practice as to formatting, covers, and marketing.

    1. I think that’s what I love most about the shorts is the variety of genres. You can just try them on size.
      But it does wonders for your writing skills as well.

  4. I have written short stories but haven’t really put them “out there” for people to read. But I actually writing them. In fact, in many ways, they are at once, easier than a novel and much harder. I enjoyed reading your post!
    Thank you,.

    1. I know what you mean! I don’t want to say it’s “easy” because no writing is easy, but it can be easier and harder at the same time, lol.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. The blog is like a personal trainer for exercising your writing muscle. I’ve written two full novels as weekly serialized installments on my blog. Now I’m writing weekly short stories and having a blast. the blog gives me a deadline to get it done.

  6. I adore short stories: reading them and writing them. To me, they give a taste of a world that you can explore further in a novel or other short stories, or they can be tied up nice with a bow right then and there.

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