Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I have been thinking about short stories lately. I wrote several as homework assignments when I took a fiction writing course, and was quite surprised and happy at how they turned out. (I had always told myself I couldn't do fiction.) I even published a handful in various places.

Now, whenever I see a call for submissions or a contest involving short stories, I rack my brain for which of those initial stories are left (unpublished). It is kind of silly. The other day I told myself, Hey, write some more short stories! I can't beat those old ones to death, no matter how much I like them.

I have actually had a couple in the works for a while now, but I didn't know how they would turn out so I left them hanging. Their premises are really interesting but I need to wrap my head around them from start to finish.

I just found this advice over at Write101.com:
  • Put a man up a tree
  • Throw stones at him
  • Get him down
That sounds about right.


stu said...

And then after you're finished being cruel to random strangers, write the short story.

More seriously, make the man learn to climb down on his own. He climbed up there, after all.

April Boland said...

Great point! (re: making him get down himself)