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Writing and Life. In that order.


Libby Drew

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Writing: Get in and get out.

I write novels because they’re in demand. But my favorite writing project is a short story. It’s not often I get asked for them. Certainly not as often as I’d like, and I understand that. People want novels.  

But a good short story… chef’s kiss. To read is fun, but to create is divine. I encourage the site’s authors to give the short story form a try, if they haven’t. “Experts” say many of the same writing rules apply, whether penning novels or short form fiction. Meh. Maybe. I hate rules. I’m not sure I can advocate for them without feeling like a hypocrite. But here’s one thing I am always thinking about when I want to keep word count down: 

Enter late, exit early. 

Start the narrative at the latest possible moment. End it as soon as you can. How do you know when that is? Determine what is critical and include it. Don’t add what would be nice to know. Only incorporate the most vital elements. Be economical with your language. Minimum words for maximum impact. This is a great way to stretch your writing skills. Good luck! 

 

Life:  This is Lucy.

Lucy baby.jpg

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I love short stories!  The majority of stories I write are short stories, mainly because I don't have the time to write anything longer.  I agree about the rules.  I like to use short stories to explore and answer questions that randomly pop into my mind.  That's what most of my anthology stories are lol 

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27 minutes ago, Valkyrie said:

I love short stories!  The majority of stories I write are short stories, mainly because I don't have the time to write anything longer.  I agree about the rules.  I like to use short stories to explore and answer questions that randomly pop into my mind.  That's what most of my anthology stories are lol 

Right? They are perfect for that. Or for trying formats that don't really work for longer pieces of writing. For me, I love reading what any author can do with <10K words. I think some of those stories hold more power and emotion than books ten times that length. 

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