I have been writing short fiction for three years, and while adding to my collection of short stories, I have begun working on my first novel.
Originally, I began my writing education by working on short stories because you know, they’re easy to write. Ha! At least that’s what I thought until I discovered an incredible and awful truth… Short stories are not the easy feat they first appeared to be, not if you want to do them well. In fact, they are a unique art form all their own. Though short they may be, a good one needs to encompass enough information to bring you into another world, introduce you to the characters, their background/motivations, and keep you engaged with a plot, all while being limited in word count. It takes more than a little talent to pull one off properly, and I believe a great deal of admiration is due to those that are good at them.
While I continue to grow as a writer and work on my long fiction, I also continue to turn out short stories. I enter most of them into the Writers of the Future writing competition before sending them off to other markets. I’m also proud to say that I’ve have two story acceptances to show for my efforts. Small victories, but they keep me writing and reaching, and I’m grateful for every kind word of rejection I have received 😉
The contract has been signed, and my second published story will be out in 2019! ♥
Just for FuN – my WotF contest results:
HM #1 – Vol. 32-Q4 – Results, with my name listed! HERE.
HM #2 – Vol. 33-Q1 – Results, did you see my name? HERE.
HM #3 – Vol. 33-Q2 – Results, yep my name is there again. HERE.
HM #4 – Vol. 33-Q3 – Results are in. This HM was Silver! HERE.
HM #5 – Vol. 33-Q4 – My 5th attempt overall, it’s an HM! HERE.
BFR #1 – Vol. 34-Q1 – My first WotF rejection, ouch! (All good, all good)
BFR #2 – Vol. 34-Q2 – My second WotF rejection, less ouch.
HM #6 – Vol. 34-Q3 – I’m back with an HM! Results are HERE.
HM #7 – Vol. 34-Q4 – Guess what? Yep, another HM! HERE.
HM #8 – Vol. 35-Q1 – You’re not going believe it – an HM! HERE.
HM #9 – Vol. 35-Q2 – Oh snap, an HM! HERE.
BFR #3 – Vol. 35-Q3 – Third rejection, this one stung, but ima keep going anyway!