What's the point? Short STORIES, I am beginning to understand, are just as deceptively simple. I used to think I just didn't "get" short stories. I'm a novel kind of girl. At the library, I'm drawn to big, thick books with plots that flow like coursing rivers and large casts of slowly-developed characters. I've never liked reading short stories much, and I've always wanted to write novels.
But lately some writers I admire, including the folks at my favorite writing blog The Literary Lab, have convinced me that delving into short stories is a good idea for two main reasons:
1. It's a good exercise in learning to focus scene writing and characterization.
2. Getting short stories published is faster and sometimes easier than getting a novel published. Some writers suspect that they have an easier time publishing a novel after they have a few short story publications to their names.
So I've decided to give short story writing a try and enter Miss Glam's Short Story Contest that starts today. (No fooling!)
Anybody with me? Have any of you found short story writing to be helpful, either on the craft end or on the publication end of the business?
Now, to come up with some short story material! I'm pretty sure I have some old, shabby novel manuscripts in my files that could use a trimming...
*The Dukes of Hazzard (Unrated Widescreen Edition)