The Perils of Writing Short Fiction

I have written both long- and short-form fiction for years.  The story will tell you how long it needs to be.  Here are fellow author Lillian Csernica’s thoughts on writing short stories.  Enjoy!

by Lillian Csernica on February 21, 2017 Opportunity cost. Cost/benefit analysis. Return on investment. I remember these terms from my Economics and Accounting classes. Little did I know I would on…

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5 thoughts on “The Perils of Writing Short Fiction

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Sharon! The author of that blog brought up some great points about writing short stories. I’ve always been a bit more long-winded anyways, so I don’t really have to worry about such perils when it comes to wanting to write short stories; I tend to write longer ones.

    However, I like the way she brought up the question of how authors have to ask themselves whether they’re going to write what they want to write or write what readers want to read.

    What’s your personal take on this? Do you primarily write what you want to write, or do you write what you think readers are looking for in a book?

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    1. Hi, Kayla, and thanks for your question.

      I write the story I want to tell — and there’s one exception which is a pair of stories coming out in a steampunk anthology next year. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the stories per se, but I felt like some aspects of the tales were forced because steampunk is not my first love. However, the editors of the anthology didn’t feel that it read as forced … they saw the steampunk additions as the cherry on top of a historical fiction sundae. 🙂 And yes, there is an appearance by a certain genius inventor in the second of the two tales.

      I read an interview a few years back with an acquisitions editor for Harlequin. She said she could always tell when someone wrote novels that fit their requirements because they really loved them, as opposed to someone who wrote the stories based on what they perceived the preferred formula to be. It does come through.

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      1. Thank you for your response, Sharon!

        I quite agree with you. I write what I want to write in hopes that readers will also like it. I think readers can tell when you’re not too impassioned with your work. Consequently, I feel it’s best for writers to write what they’re passionate about, and if readers like it, they do; if they don’t, they don’t.

        On another note, you know I already read your novel, “In the Eye of the Beholder.” Now I’m beginning the Omnibus edition that contains your other POTO works. I’m quite looking forward to reading these others, especially if they’re anything like the first. I’ll get back to you with thoughts upon the conclusion. 🙂

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      2. That’s very kind of you. Through the Opera Glass, the short story collection, got me through a year-long period of writer’s block and allowed the information I needed to finish writing In The Eye of The Storm to come through. I shall look forward to reading your thoughts.

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