I’ve taken a short detour with my writing lately. I was at the halfway point in the novel I am working on and I just didn’t think the opening packed enough punch. I did countless revisions of the first chapter. Some good, some not so good. The point is, I knew I had to let it sit for a while I decided which direction I wanted to go in.
I like to commit to one project at a time. While I have ideas for several more novels bouncing around in my head, I’d become attached to my WIP and the characters I’d worked so hard to develop.
My fingers itched to write, but I wasn’t about to “cheat” on them.
I decided to move out of my comfort zone. Most of my writing leans towards romantic suspense or thrillers. I suddenly wondered what it would be like to write in a different genre? Many of my writer friends were trying out the short story circuit. It seemed like to perfect way to try out a new genre without the commitment of a novel.
Over the span of three weeks, I wrote three short stories, and submitted them. The first, a horror story is on a short list for an anthology. The second, The Race to Atlantis, a speculative fiction story has been published in The Quest For Atlantis Anthology which was released in March. The third, a sci-fi, I’m still submitting.
I admit, I got hooked. I went on to write four more short stories which I entered in contests and two more I am polishing. I have three more I plan to write. My “short” detour took a little longer than expected, but it was a good learning experience. My writing has become tighter, I don’t waste as many words. It sharpened my editing skills. You don’t have the same luxury in a short story as you do in a novel to build up to an event, or develop a character.