I’ve started working on a new short story a few weeks ago. I’m still not too sure I’m good at them, but I’ve been getting better at writing them the more I work at it. I’m going to keep with it and improve what I feel is a weakness of mine in my writing.
This new story has been a bit difficult. I hit a brick wall with it for a little while and then I decided to take it in a slightly different direction. After making that decision, I was able to get a little further into it. I’m liking where it’s going and I’m hoping that after revisions and critique it’ll be something I can truly be proud of.
I never thought that the challenge of writing short would be fun, but I’ve been enjoying it. When I wrote Etched in Steel, I had to keep it under 1,250 words. That was a challenge, but I got it done. And now I’m thinking the work paid off.
I always told myself that I was bad at writing short stories because I’m a long-winded writer. I tried a few times, but always gave up in the end and stuck what I thought I could do, which was long fiction only. But thanks to my writing and critique group, I had to force myself to try it. Really try it. I struggled at first, but with their help, knowledge, encouragement, and constructive criticism, I started to get better at writing short form.
Now, all that has paid off. I am pleased to announce that I received an email yesterday that my first published short story was released! Yes, that means I am officially a published author, a dream come true. It’s the first stepping stone towards the publication of novels.
My short story, Etched in Steel, can be found in Michigan’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction, by Z Publishing.
Here’s a link to Amazon where you can purchase a paperback copy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1725001144/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534115166&sr=8-1&keywords=michigan%27s+emerging+writers
On to the next stepping stone. Thank you for the encouragement and support!