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?