My Story is so Short…

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.


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My First Published Work – Etched in Steel

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:

On to the next stepping stone.  Thank you for the encouragement and support!


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