So I’ve realized something of late, and it drives me a little nuts – I can’t write short stories. Well, I can, but rarely. What mostly happens is that people read it and say: “This isn’t a short story. This needs to be a novel. Or at least a novella.” Why can’t I write a short story that stays a freakin’ short story?!
Julia from the Underground Writers said something to me on Thursday that I think makes sense: “You just think too big!” This is true. I don’t know how to think small; once an idea takes hold in my brain, off goes my imagination, building new settings, and characters, and events. No wonder I can’t write short stories! I don’t know how to turn it off though, or at least turn it down. So I guess I’ll just have to keep trying, and maybe eventually I’ll figure it out. Until then, I’ll probably add many more novel ideas to my already toppling pile.