Writing a short story sounds easy. Hey, it’s only a few hundred to a few thousand words, not an 80,000 word opus: much more doable – yes?
A short story still has to be a story with a beginning, middle and end. It still has to engage a reader to want to keep reading. And the fact that you are using fewer words than a traditional novel means that each word has to work hard. Every word has to pack a punch. Words need to advance the story rather than set elaborate scenes and backstories – you don’t have room for that in a short.
Economy and utility of words is something many fledgling short story writers miss.
What most writers and authors also miss is the value of writing short stories to your marketing and branding.
Lynn Johnston is a successful cartoonist and a prolific author and even during her illness and recovery from Covid-19, still managed to produce bucketloads of words, way more than many healthy, functioning writers. So she knows a thing or two about making your words count.
This video was produced a few years ago but is still relevant today.
Next time you write a decent short, think about how you can make it work harder for you. Watch and learn 🙂