Thursday, July 1, 2010

Short Stories

Maybe the night of a full moon does something for you. What do they say about full moons?

Short stories can be easy or hard, but it's what you make of them. Imagination is very important in writing, as is the ability to get someone else to use theirs as they read what you are writing. I may have mentioned this before, but I will again just for the sake of drilling it in. Getting someone to actually see what you've written in their mind is what I like to call 'A Mind's Eye View.'

When writing your story, just let your imagination take you away. Let it run amuck for a while. Sometimes things get all hazy when we write, but that can all be corrected later. That's exactly what self-editing is all about. You read a sentence and end up changing it because you realize there is a better way to say it.

Write about something you enjoy reading or watching on TV or movies. Take the idea and change it all around, believe me, there is nothing wrong with that at all. If there was, there would be very little sequels by other producers or directors to be had. And . . . we all know that some are worse than others.

Some horror stories are true. Just read the paper or check out the news a few times a week. This is indeed a sad fact of life. Stories come from the minds of people who want to get away from reality for a while, and writers want to take someone along with them. Short stories can be told in 300 words. Some of them are very close to being noveletts with over 15,000 words. It all depends on how long it takes to tell that story.

So, sit back and enjoy the ride if you're the reader. If you're the writer, then keep your mind glued to the road.

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