I am a self-confessed story lover, however most of the story ideas that I come up I anticipate to become full length novels, not short stories. However, I have written a few short stories and come to the conclusion while I do enjoy coming up with my much longer story ideas there is benefit to writing shorter stories. So, here are a few reasons I came up with about why we should write more short stories.
Getting Creative Juices Flowing
Whether it’s been awhile and you want to get back into writing stories, you want a short break from school work or your main writing project sometimes getting into a short story is a great way to get your creative juices flowing again. Prompts can be helpful when doing this. I’ve mostly used prompts when attempting writing competitions but plan to do it a bit more in the future more to see what comes and exercise my creative writing when I am busy.
They can precursors to new ideas
Sometimes short stories do turn out much longer than originally planned. This tends to happen when you have a very active imagination. I know I wouldn’t be a writer today without mine. One such example for me is my short story Turmoil.
I originally wrote Turmoil for an English assignment and a writing competition that had a maximum word limit of 500 words. While on paper it was a short story, for me it was like a prologue, a small insight to a much larger story idea that branched out in my head. I currently don’t have much more written than the short story I have plans and ideas for where the story will go. I hope to write more some time in the future.
Short stories I found are also good for practice writing. They are short bursts of writing where you can concentrate on improving specific areas of your writing.
I particularly noticed in grade 12 (which crazily was only last year) in my English Writing class. I wrote several short stories over the year a couple of which made it into my end of year writing folio. Over the year with the help of my teacher, I really felt like I improved my writing. I noticed in my short Story Beast which went through several drafts.
Getting Your Writing Out There
Short Stories are good bite-sized pieces of your writing that are easy to share. Whether you are sharing physical copies or online it could be what peak’s someone’s interest in your work.