After writing Blood on my Hands for my Creative Writing class, I found that I thoroughly enjoy writing short stories. The experience got me thinking about some ways I could stretch as a writer, and take a break from any monotony that could come from writing about the same characters in my London Darkness series all the time, and while I wait for the edits from London Darkness: Infernal Inventions to come back to me.
I’ve written three short stories, and am currently working on my fourth. My plan is to self-publish a small book of my short stories as an affordable and portable way to get my work out there. Be on the lookout for it in the coming weeks!
I’ve also learned some things from writing these short stories. The main thing is: it’s fun! It’s kind of nice to be able to write out a couple of short stories that can, in some cases, be just as satisfying as a novella or full-length novel. It allows me to jump to several different settings and come up with many different characters and put them in new situations.
I think this will help me as a writer because, as someone who doesn’t generally plan out his stories, I think this will help me to keep a lot of ideas generating quickly, and will help me to figure out some plot points and ideas for my novels. Plus, I think it’s good to get away from longer works for a short period of time to help gain perspective on them. However, I don’t want to sit around and not write while I wait for perspective to finally show it’s face. So, I feel that writing short stories will also help to keep me in practice.
Does anyone else write short stories between novels? Or do you feel it’s better to–when working on a series–stick with it until it’s finished? Does anyone strictly write short stories? I’ve heard short fiction is making a comeback.