I’ve never been much of a short fiction fan, either to read or write. Usually I find short stories frustrating, because if an author does a good job with the writing I invariably want to read more. And if the material isn’t strong enough for a longer work, well then why bother to write it in the first place? So I’ve turned out very few short stories myself, and I’ve never investigated the techniques behind creating good ones.
Yet here I am, trying to write one that I can put on Manybooks. The rationale behind this is to create an expanded market for my published works by giving away a series of short works. These will be prequels, mostly. I think.
So far I am enjoying the process. I finished the first chapter today. My biggest problem is trying to strike a balance between action and detail in this reduced format, because usually I like to do lots of scene-setting and description. No time for that with only 20-25k words though. But I have to admit, it’s pretty cool watching the word counter slide over so quickly!
Erotic shorts are the fastest-growing segment of the publishing industry today, so who knows what I might end up writing if I find I enjoy short stories after all… 🙂