Over the last few months, I have been writing many different things – short stories, chapter books, picture books, novels, even the occasional report for work! It’s been challenging and a lot of fun exploring these different styles.
One thing I’ve discovered is what I can write easily and what seems forced. The shorter pieces seem to flow much better than longer ones…
Maybe this will change over time as I am writing more and as I go through my course, but for now, it’s picture books, chapter books and short stories that I am getting more excited about than novels.
The biggest challenge is getting published. It seems that short stories will be the biggest challenge. I was feeling quite discouraged, then I stumbled across this article. The author of the article talks a bit about short stories being published in magazines and how they are not published quite so much lately, however the format of the short story could be perfect for electronic devices.
This filled me with hope. I am still toying with the stories for Accidental WAHM, and am eagerly awaiting the results of the RMIT research. Writing and publishing the stories as short stories may work well, whether they are stories about the same character or a collection of different characters.
I have tried turning the short stories into novels, however they seem forced. Trying to keep the word count up and making the stories long enough to be novel length just hasn’t been right. The stories jump all over the place and just don’t seem to gel. It is the short stories that I’ve enjoyed writing the most and I have been happiest with.
I’m still playing and writing, so watch this space. You never know what will happen in the future. For now, however, I think I’ll stick to writing what I’m enjoying the most.