I recently stumbled upon a cool blog hop-Thursday’s Children created by Rhiann Wynn-Nolet and Kristina Perez. Every Thursday you write a blog post on what inspires you during your writing journey. It’s easy to join; just click the Thursday’s Children image at the bottom of the post.
Now, back to today’s inspiration. Short Stories.
For me, short stories offer the freedom to write almost anything I want, be it a new genre, unusual characters, or strange worlds, without fear that I’m wasting months focusing on just one project. If I get it wrong, it’s no big deal. I’ve learned something new, and I can tuck the story away. It’s a lot harder to do that with a completed 80K experimental story, since I’ve put so much time into it. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. Trust me, I’ve been there and felt the pain.
But short stories are more than that. I sometimes use them as an avenue to test out new ideas and whether they resonate with my style. For example, I wrote a short Steampunk inspired story for an anothology. I didn’t make the cut, however I did discover that I loved writing this genre, especially mixed with fantasy. From this inspiration, spawned another novella I might have mentioned before, Cursecaster. I loved writing that story, and right now I’ve got a publisher interested in Cursecaster. Yay.
Sometimes, inspiration will take you to the strangest places.
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