I’m sorry if I’ve been a bit MIA lately, but there are a few nuggets of information I thought worth sharing. A few… what to do, and what not to do, when writing a short story.
But first, you might be wondering what I’ve been up to… well, I’ve been working on The Goddess of Death, the next story in my Dessi series, along with a new short story for an anthology that will be coming out in the next couple of months. The first short story in my series in now in the top 100 in three categories, so life is going pretty well. But additionally, I feel I’m growing stronger as a writer, both from writing almost daily, to reading almost daily.
Yet, after reading a recent anthology, I discovered a few things that made me say, “I have to keep that in mind,” and a few, “I should never, ever do that.” I’ll share those discoveries with you here:
- Keeping your readers on their toes, not just engaged, but guessing, makes a story fun to write and to read.
- There are some stories that really should come with a warning, lol. I swear, I’ve been haunted by a few. And while that shows great writing, I still wish I hadn’t read the stories.
- Nearly any genre can be exciting to read, if done well.
- Anthologies shouldn’t just be an author’s excuse to write something new in their current world, or to give their fans something new to buy. If the piece doesn’t really tell a story, it shouldn’t be written.
- If you’re going to write a predictable story, it better be written so well that the “journey” is worth it.
- A strong character, whether “good” or “bad,” can keep a reader fascinated to the very end.
Happy writing, everyone! And, I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!