Exploring Short Stories

As some of you may have guessed, I’ve been thinking a lot about short stories lately. I write them often enough as I post one each week.

Well, I tend to write my Short Story Sundays well in advance because writing one short story per week can be a bit much at times.

It’s interesting how long short stories can be. And I’m not talking about the length of the story, I’m talking about how much time gets put into it.

My goal this month is to write two short stories. I’ve had these short story ideas in my head for a while now and just haven’t bothered to expand on them.

I plan on these two shorts to be longer than the typical ones I post on the blog. And, unfortunately, I won’t be posting these shorts on my blog. I want to submit them to a few places.

One thing I love about short stories is that you can explore a variety of genres. Just test the waters and see what you’re comfortable writing.

My main novel series is a mystery, but I plan on writing a mystery short story with George and Lilah as the main characters. I’ve been wanting to get back into writing the novel, as I haven’t worked on it in a long time.

Every time I look at it I get overwhelmed. I’ve been working on it for so many years and have so many notes and research and drafts for it that it’s just a lot. I have two notebooks, three folders, and a large accordion folder filled with things for the first novel as well as the series as a whole.

I decided to play around with the character in a short story and see where that takes me. It may not give me any ideas on where to go with the novel, but I’ll be learning more about the characters. Plus, there’s a mystery magazine that I’ve wanted to try submitting to for a long time and just haven’t. I’m going to make this short story be my opportunity.

The other short story I plan on writing will be… fantasy-ish? I think I could be considered sci-fi, but I’m not going to get into all the technical stuff about it.

This short story is actually based on a Short Story Sunday I did a long time ago and I’m finally going to expand upon it.

That story, if all goes well, I plan to submit to a place here or there as well.

So, this month is going to be all about short stories and as I talk about short stories, just know that I’m going to implementing those tips and tricks on my own writing.

We’ll see how it goes.

What genres of short stories do you write? Do you write them just for you or do you submit them elsewhere? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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