Recently, I wrote my first short story. It was at the gentle behest of Suzy Stewart Dubot, who was organizing another collaboration of Top Writers Block, a writers’ group of which I am a part. Why Me was the prompt, and while I was intrigued, I just don’t write short stories.
I’ve written a couple of smaller novels, hitting around 55K. But I’m a verbose author, and shorts have always seemed scary; how to condense a tall tale into less than 10,000 words?
Suzy didn’t prod, only noted that again here was an opportunity. And to my surprise, I took up the challenge. During a week my husband was away, I wrote in the evenings, which I haven’t done in ages. That I was writing a novel in the mornings didn’t seem to hamper, for this story needed to be freed. I let it sit, then started editing; 12K was brought down to just a little over 11,000 words, which is still lengthy, but not a novel. And now my story, along with several wonderful others, is available, with all proceeds going to Sea Shepherd.
I have another idea in mind, as the next prompt has been delivered. I’ll get working on that soon, don’t want it bumping up against NaNo in just a little over a month’s time. I don’t see shorts taking over the noveling, but it was a pleasant change of pace, and so much easier to revise, or at least much less to edit. My tale is a little on the fantastic side; a woman celebrates turning seventy-two, but one gift blows her away, a face from the past not looking at all aged. I hope I’ve piqued your interest to check out “Fifty Years Waiting” in Why Me?
As a bonus link for the weekend, I’ve just started a Tumblr page, which will consist of a photo a day. And of course real refs are back in the NFL; no longer do we fans have to mourn why us when pondering the integrity of the game…