As a writer, my ambition was to pen the next great novel. I sat down, put some ideas on paper, even made an outline. You may say this is a good start. How’s the novel coming? It’s not.
Actually writing can teach the writer many things. My example, I find I’m better at writing short stories. Partly because I’m someone who likes to get to the point. Unlike Charles Dickens, I need to be concise. In defense of Dickens, I believe he was paid per word so verbosity was the way to go.
The question before me is what genre of short story to write? Fantasy? Sci-Fi? Historical Fiction? Sorry, no romance for me. The beauty of writing is you can write anything you want. As my quest to pen the next novel gradually becomes the project of compiling a collection of short stories, I plan to post my progress here on the good old blog. What’s interesting is how much inspiration I gain from being a dad. Maybe I’ll pen a children’s series? Who knows.
One immediate concern I have is story development. In my ongoing quest to achieve conciseness, I have to remember writing a short story isn’t the same as writing an email. If I want to be really concise, I should stick to Tweeting.
Ultimately the challenge to any writing project is to simply write. The best thing to do is to just sit and do it. Stay tuned….
- Kate’s Quickies:Short Story Writers (katemacnicol.wordpress.com)
- So You Want to Write a Short Story (Part 2: Taking Action) (theartistrycollective.wordpress.com)
- London’s Dickens Museum reopens after makeover (miamiherald.com)