Short Story Frustration

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.

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4 Responses to Short Story Frustration

  1. Sharr Khan says:

    I actually have something of the same issue. Its at least easier for me to get into the mindset to jump into writing an epically long story (um novel) rather then a short form tale.

    Not sure why, but I think it may have something to do with the length and that the kinds of stories I’m telling need to be fully explored before payoff can be reached.

    • Sylvie says:

      Good to know I’m not the only one with this issue!

      I don’t think it’s hard for me to get into the mindset of writing (what I think will be) a short story, it’s just that they never end up STAYING short stories… :P lol

  2. Stephanie says:

    Could be worse. Could have no ideas. ;)

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