These last few weeks I’ve been sitting down for two hours every night to write, Sundays through Thursdays. So far twice I’ve stepped away from my TV script – once to write a treatment for a fairly long story, and then last night.
I hadn’t written a short story in two years. I wrote one last night, from start to finish. It’s 1,000 words.
I have attempted to bask in enjoyment of this feat. Mostly I’m just relieved that I haven’t gotten worse at short stories than I was before. It’s a pretty decent little tale – possibly written more freely and with a cleaner voice than stuff I wrote before. I certainly had fun with the slightly-off, filthy gutter-speak of the viewpoint character; none of my old stilted ‘this is fantasy so we have to talk special-like’ prose went into this story, that’s for sure!
I’m trying not to criticize myself for what this story isn’t; it’s the first short story I managed in two years, and it’s a fine little thing, so maybe I ought to cut myself some slack for once.
But if I’m going to note what I need to improve on next (and I am going to, perfectionist that I am): I’ve got to write at longer lengths. And I’ve got to be more ambitious about my concepts.
Recommendations on how to write longer stories? I find them difficult because I can’t seem to wrap my head around the whole package like I can with a poem or a short-short.