Making a Story Short

Today as I was reading the latest issue of the RP Witness magazine, I noticed that they are running a short story contest. Since then, I’ve been mulling over whether or not I should try to write a short story.

I used to write stories all the time when I was a kid. I would bind them in covers made of cardboard and contact paper so it looked like a real book. My mom saved a few of them and they are really funny in a “wow this is so awful” kind of way. Part of the problem was that I felt in order to really end a story, all of the characters had to be dead. So I would write and write and write and when I was tired of writing, there would be a tragic accident, usually involving several ill-fated covered wagons.

I have a feeling that endings would still be a problem for me. Short stories generally have to have a point, and people expect that point to be clever or funny or heart-rending without being corny or maudlin. That is not as easy as it seems.

So maybe I’ll work on a short story, or maybe not. We shall see, shan’t we?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

CommentLuv badge

A Spirited Mind HomeAboutReadingWritingParenting

Thank you for joining the conversation at A Spirited Mind! Please keep your comments kind and friendly, even if you're disagreeing with me or another commenter. Comments that use inappropriate language, or that are cruel, threatening, or violent will be deleted. I'm sure you understand!