The Secret of Short-Story Writing I’ll give you the sole secret of short-story writing, and here it is: Rule 1. Write stories that please yourself. There is no rule 2. The technical points you can get from Bliss Perry. If you can’t write a story that pleases yourself, you will never please the public.
I saw this and thought it was great. It sums it up for me, life is too short to waste it doing things that don’t make you happy.
I don’t really know why I started writing, but I love it. I’ve just finished a short story that I started writing months ago when it was just a description of about 150 words. Then two weeks ago I started thinking about it again and ideas started to flow. Then a brief period of intense writing and I had a 1600 words that I was really happy with. I gave it a week to cool off and then on Monday night I did an edit and sent it off.
I am a slow writer. My target is 100 words a day. In three years I have completed one novel and five short stories. If the novel was a long drawn out relationship, then a short story is a passionate affair. A sudden obsession that takes over your every waking thought, that your pour your energies into, that is sweet because you know it will not last.
A short story is but a fleeting passion.