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Why You Should Write a Short Story Today

on April 18, 2013

I guess the question should be why not? It’s the rainy season (at least here in Chicago–flash flood anyone?!!), so it’s a great time to be indoors exercising your imagination. Writing short stories is the perfect way to stoke creativity, express yourself, warm up to write your novel, and much more. So whether you’re a new or seasoned writer, I hope I’ll be able to convince you to write your short story today!

5 Reasons You Should Write a Short Story:

  1. It’s a form of self-expression. We all love to express ourselves, whether it’s through speaking, Tweeting, blogging, or even “pieces of flair.” (Yes, Jennifer Anniston in Office Space, I’m talking about you. Throwback movies rule.) Writing a short story is just one more way to express yourself.
  2. It’s good writing practice. When you’re drafting a short story, the objective is to tell your most compelling tale in the least number of words. You have to be concise, and everything that happens must drive the plot forward. In today’s world of fast-paced, smart authors, fine-tuning these skills can only be a good thing. Want some practice before you start your short story? Check out Writer.ly on Facebook. They post pictures and challenge you to write a story about each picture in six words or less! Talk about extreme.
  3.  You can warm up to write your novel. I’ve heard so many writers say, “I love writing, but I just can’t seem to finish my novel!” I think this happens for two reasons. First of all, these writers may find it hard to follow through on projects. Second of all, these writers may not know how to craft a novel, with all its intricacies in structure and theme. Writing a short story can help you to overcome both obstacles: you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment and empowerment, spurring you to take on more ambitious projects. And you can practice techniques in structure that will come in handy when you’re writing larger works.
  4. You can win money! There are tons of short story contests out there, and they’re all opportunities for exposure and prizes. For example, Writer’s Digest periodically holds Short Short Story contests, where authors send their best stories (1500 words or less). Try entering some competitions. Who knows, you might win! And even if you don’t, you’ll have a short story that you can submit to magazines or publish on your own. Which leads me to #5…
  5. You can find your gateway into self-publishing. Publishing on Amazon and other ebook platforms requires research and diligence, and the best way to learn about it is to try it yourself. If you’re considering self-publishing a novel, why not start by publishing a short story? It’s the perfect way to master the platform, and to get your name out there!

I will be publishing my first YA short story, A First Time for Everything, before April 30th on Amazon and on other platforms. The story is about a fourteen year-old girl who faces a new stepmom, a cross-country move, and a whole new life. Olivia is homesick and hates her new home in California, but her cute neighbor Justin might be able to help her fix that 😉

I plan to give away the story for free, and later share the lessons learned from the experience with my blog followers.

One tip that is worth sharing with you today is to check out Tugboat Designs. They make awesome book covers that are reasonably priced http://www.tugboatdesign.net/

New book cover. Thanks Tugboat Designs!

New book cover. Thanks Tugboat Designs!

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3 responses to “Why You Should Write a Short Story Today

  1. I gree with each of your points in this blog – it certainly is a good idea to write a short story! But won’t you be uploading it to wordpress? It’ll be available to more people then. I’ll keep an eye open for it…and if you get the change check out my collection of short stories. Woul dbe good to get feedback:-)

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