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 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!