Creative Writing degrees often require the writing of numerous short stories. These short stories can be scenes or chapters from longer works as long as they have defined beginnings, middles, and endings and can stand alone without too much context.
As a novel writer, I do not have much experience writing short stories. To compound the problem, I rarely ever read short stories.
So, when I was expected to write a five-page, double-spaced short story for my creative writing class last week, I received feedback from my professor that the story didn’t seem finished and that, metaphorically, it opened doors that were never closed.
The reason it felt this way was precisely because it was part of a larger work. I assumed the readers knew some information that I alluded to because it was mentioned earlier in a different scene.
So I decided to add some background information, start the scene earlier, and still meet the page count, barely. This didn’t leave room to make the setting very vivid, but I had some great sensory details. I will mention them in a later post where I will post this short story for Week 6 of the Creative Writing Work and Comments series. Week 5, like Week 4, had no creative work to speak of.
I want to continue creating short stories and honing this part of my craft for school. I bought a short fiction and poetry anthology that I heard about a couple of years ago called the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses Anthology. I got the 2018 edition, and so far, it is superb. If you are interested in it, you can find it here or click on the image below.
I could also focus on short stories so I can have more fiction content for you guys on this blog. I could even eventually create a collection for you, from past short stories I wrote on here and others to come.
Let me know what you think of this idea in the comments. Do you want to see more fiction short stories on this blog, or more scenes from my novels? Both?