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Monday, February 4, 2013

Writing Short Stories (2)

My plan this year to write about fifty short stories and publish them in a series of collections of about 12-15,000 words each is coming along. I've just finished writing the fifth story for the first collection, which will be about 13,000 words altogether. I now have to revise and polish these stories, design a book cover, and publish them on Amazon. I'd like to get it done within one to two weeks. I also hope to write one or two new stories for the next collection while I'm finishing this first collection. It'll be a challenge. But I'm up for it.

I haven't felt this much excitement or optimism about writing in a very long time. I've basically accomplished my goal thus far. I'm eager to see how it all plays out. Sometimes, I wonder if I'll ever work on a novel again. This is just so much more pleasant. The requirements for a short story are much different than those for a novel, much looser. I guess the question is, do I have fifty stories in me. A couple of months ago, I wasn't sure I had even one story within me. So putting out five in about five weeks has surprised me, pleasantly. 



7 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This is really exciting actually. Sounds as if you're on a bit of a roll sir.

Jeff Hargett said...

50?!?! I definitely don't have 50 waiting on tap. I don't even have 5 waiting on tap. Almost all my short stories "erupt" as fully-formed ideas. I can't seem to "pants" my way through a short like I can a full manuscript. Here's to hoping you find much success with your new direction!

Richard Hughes said...

Thanks, Jeff. I don't actually have fifty stories in mind. I'm not even sure what the next one will be. But fifty stories is what I hope to produce.

Clarissa Draper said...

Awesome news! What a goal! I would love to read your collection when finished.

Damyanti said...

That's absolutely wonderful, Richard!

Rachna Chhabria said...

50 short stories is a huge amount. I doubt I will be able to write that number in one year.

Tanya Reimer said...

Good luck!!! You sure do like big challenges. lol. Have fun.