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23 September 2009 @ 11:28 am
Short story mode: ON!  

I remember a time when 10,000 words was an enormous length for a piece of writing.  I remember a time when all I wrote was short stories - not with any great frequency (and apparently not with correct use of apostrophes looking back).

Some time in the past tenyears I have shifted into novel writing mode.  Again, not at a startling pace, but when I think about writing and when I sit down to do it the things I've been working on have been novel length (2 complete manuscripts, 1 discontinued, 1 in progress).  10,000 words is no longer long.

Then this year I started to think about short story ideas again.  In part it was a result of mr_orgue embarking on a 12 stories in 12 months plan and sending Debbie and me some of his inspirational drafts.  jenni_talula has sent us some of her short fiction.  Then there was a short story competition I wanted to enter.  Then there was the September Zing Thing.  Now it seems my brain has kicked into short story mode and I'm actively thinking and scheming about ideas for short fiction to write, and scoping out places to submit to.

It's a very pleasant thing to begin a piece of writing and be able to finish it in a day or two.  After the endurance game of novel writing it's fun to sprint :-)
 
 
 
jenni_talula: Delysiajenni_talula on September 23rd, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
It must be contagious, I just wrote a short story :)

http://jennitalula.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/at-the-fair-friday-night/

Do you want to play 'trade 10 minute fic prompts'? I find it's really good for me to just start with random stuff and see what happens.
Matt Cowensmattcowens on September 23rd, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
I'd be very keen to trade 10 min fic prompts!
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