A collection of short tales

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…

2 thoughts on “A collection of short tales

  1. Melissa Marsh

    I haven’t written a short story in some time – the form is certainly a challenge for me as I gravitate much more to the novel-length stories. It’s good, however, to change up the pace and keep our writing muscle guessing!

  2. Jill Weatherholt

    I admire you for accepting the challenge, Anna! I’m so happy for you. I suppose we both have discovered, shorter is equal to less edits and that feels pretty good sometimes. Hooray for the return of the real refs!


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