Today, I finished my first short story (well . . . novelette, but let’s not get too technical) since High School. Can you believe it? And I’m wondering, what have I been doing all this time???
Short Fiction is awesome! I had no idea. It’s instant gratification, people! I feel just as attached to these characters, just as involved in my world, and just as satisfied to finish as I ever have with a novel. And it took me basically FIVE DAYS*.
Let me repeat: five days!
Not only that, but I feel all of the giddy “OMG, this is the best story ever” feelings with a completed draft on my hands. I can’t wait to polish this baby till it shines. And then, submit! I’m very excited.
So to all you out there who are feeling the stagnation/frustration that can burden one writing a novel, I say, write a short story!!
*Disclaimer: I feel it perhaps important to mention that I have had this idea for an entire year. Every once in a while I would scribble down a few thoughts about it in my Moleskine, and I actually started it two separate times, though I never got more than a few pages. So yes, it’s not exactly as swift as five days, but you get my point.