Short Stories Are Hard, Yo!

Greetings, people of the Internet!

Just breaking radio silence to let you all know, if you were not previously aware, writing short stories is approximately 7000 times more difficult than writing novels.


Heheh, or maybe that’s just me?

I’m currently working on two short stories, one of which I hope to submit to an anthology this November. Some of you may remember a novel idea I was talking about a few months ago — titled True Love Waits, and dealing with a psycho murderous preacher’s wife? Well, that petered out at about 15,000 words, so I decided to rewrite nuggets of it and revise it into a short story. That’s happening now. It’s coming along nicely, but aagghhhh cutting words is WAY harder than writing them, guys. Just sayin.

This is my first serious attempt at writing short stories, you guys. I mean, obviously I wrote stories as a kid (I had a really great one about me and my cat going on adventures from some time around 2nd grade) and a few in high school, but I probably haven’t seriously attempted writing a story since sometime in 11th grade.

I’m one of those weirdo writers who never took a creative writing course in college (I did poetry LOLLLL) so getting back into a serious writing practice as an adult I had little to no academic background.

But a friend put it to me like this — Just think of a short as a single scene from a novel that can stand on its own. That’s really all it is! Just putting it in perspective like that has helped me a lot.

How about you guys? Do you write stories? Which do you find more difficult/less natural — stories or novels?

As always, I will try to be more active on this blog in the future. But ya know… Life happens, man. Anywho, I hope all of you are having a lovely Sunday!



6 thoughts on “Short Stories Are Hard, Yo!

  1. Dude, short stories f’ing suck. Seriously.

    I mean I love them, but writing them is HARD. I have limited experience writing shorts, but so far I think I prefer novels definitely. However, I will NOT give up on y short story.

    Can’t wait to read yours!!

  2. Great post, L. I agree, I agree, I agree. WE SHALL POWER THROUGH! As my students would say, “The struggle is real.” šŸ˜‰ Also, I’ve never had any creative writing classes, either. This one that’s about to start will be my first! YAY šŸ˜€

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