Something that intrigues me is how people are capable of writing short stories. I’ve attempted a few. My current work in progress was intended to be a 30,000 word short story when I first came up with it. Now it's up to 60,000 words and counting, it is no longer possible to shrink it into a short story. This happens to me a lot. I want to write something simple, and I end up adding more depth, plot twists, sub plots and so on until it’s too big to fit in anything but a full 200+ page novel.
I even have this trouble reading short stories written by others. Often times I want to see their stories continue and I start playing adventures and journeys that continue on in my own head. I love doing this just for the practice, but it’s also the reason I am incapable of keeping anything short.
I don’t want to spoil any of the stories, but the books of Short Stories written by Scott Niven are perfect examples. They are filled with content, and yet they are short, and when they end, you pretty much know how it’s going to go from there. I can see why he stopped it and left the rest to the reader’s imagination. Well, my imagination is a hungry beast, and it gobbles up the story and tries to continue the journey. The one that really stood out to my mind was the one about the man on the air ship. After it was over, I imagined him finding what he searched for, and living out his days and all the adventure he experienced. I don’t want to say more, because I would hate to ruin the ending.
Lindsay Buroker also wrote some short stories about goblins, and after nearly every story, I was wanting more, more adventures, and I often wondered what happened to the boy they met in the first story, wanting him to make another appearance and they would all go off together and become heroes together.
In a way, I’m jealous. I wish I could write stories much shorter than I do, but then I guess everyone has their style.
Keep up the great work short story writers, and maybe someday you’ll return to those stories and continue them, if for no other reason than to pacify my curiosity, and ease my tireless imagination.
Ok, back to work for me, I have a novel to finish.
And a shameless plug to some books of short stories that I've enjoyed recently.
Twilight Candleflies by Scott Niven
Sunset Lavaflies by Scott Niven
Midnight Fireflies by Scott Niven
The Goblin Brothers Adventures by Lindsay Buroker
Ice Cracker II (and other short stories) by Lindsay Buroker
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