Writing Short and Loving It


In this world of instant gratification, an author has to be flexible. Like all the writers have discussed this month, there is a moment you might have to realize you need to change things up. When looking for a series that I could get out there quickly, I decided to think about the women of today.

Many are commuters that are looking for a quick, fast read. Many would like something that they can read in one sitting and not worry about continuing the ebook later or maybe not at all if they didn’t like it so much. As a writer, this opens up some new opportunities that didn’t exist a few years ago.

One of those new opportunities is short stories. Now everyone knows what they are but few know how to write them. For some reason, I have a fairly good knack at writing them outside of the romance genre, so why wasn’t I trying them there?

Some people have the wrong idea about short stories, thinking that they can write them quickly and that they will be just as good as anything they’ve written. That isn’t necessarily so as a short story has to adhere to all the normal conventions of writing a longer work. It still has to have a great hook, a wonderful middle and a kick-ass ending.

Some of them have conflict, some have mystery and all of them have great characters. However, there are very few of them that belong in a series where each story is connected. Sure, authors will write a short story about a world they already own but very few will start a short story series meant for a specific market. That’s what I’m doing with a current work-in-progress that will be revealed here next month or two.

It is my hope that these stories will fulfill a niche that is normally seen as a venue only in a magazine. With Amazon’s short digital works, I say the time of the short story has arrived. And there will be many, many happy women readers devouring what we’re writing.

What do you think? Would you be willing to pick up a short read if it were part of a series? I’d be happy to hear from you. Until next time…

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About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

8 Responses to Writing Short and Loving It

  1. Nina Croft says:

    I have to admit – I don’t like reading or writing short short stories, I just can’t get invested enough. I love writing novellas though and recently I’ve been doing some around the 8-10k mark and that’s just long enough to get stuck in.

    Love the idea of a series of connected shorts though – especially if there is an overlying story arc.

    • Lynn Crain says:

      I love reading and writing them, I’ve discovered and am surprised by it actually. I tried years ago to break into the sci-fi short story market and decided it was too hard because I couldn’t tie it all up in so few words. Recently, though I’m really loving them.

      Yeah, I’ve been planning the short story series and I’m having a lot of fun with it. The first one is almost ready to crit.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I recently finished my first novella and it was a wonderful learning experience. I wrote tighter (and that’s always a useful skill) and it was fun. Novels can get unwieldy, and I never experienced that with this story.

    I think everyone should try writing short!

  3. Love this post. I’ve loved reading short stories since I found out about them when I was 13. I write them too, posting a free one on my blog every Friday.

    • Lynn Crain says:

      Thanks, Connie. I’m like you as I’ve loved short stories forever. Then again, I started devouring books the moment I found a library, first at school then started walking to the one uptown at about eight.

      Wonderful undertaking and I’m sure your fans appreciate it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Jennifer Shirk says:

    I like the idea of a short story to get you interested in the characters and story. If I like it, I would definitely buy the bigger book. 🙂

    • Lynn Crain says:

      I’ve read quite a few short stories and have found later the bigger books that go with them. Frankly, I love them.

      I know one author who writers for DAW and she supplements that by putting out a couple of short stories a year about specific characters that fans have asked about. And I think that’s awesome.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

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