I am on a roll! I have a couple new short stories out. Two in Chicken Soup for the Soul books and another in Voices from the Plains.
I slogged through NaNoWriMo last month and did better than I have in the past. Didn’t quite reach 50,000 words but came closer than I ever have in the past. I’ve always felt more like a short story writer than a novelist, but I’ve started a novel that my critique group says I should finish.
I like short stories because I find them easy to write. Plus, there’s a fairly strong market for “shorts” now. Some publishers say, “the shorter the better.” I’ve dabbled in Flash Fiction, but I prefer writing the longer short stories. (Oxymoron?)
My most recent story was published in Voices from the Plains, an anthology by the Nebraska Writers’ Guild. My story is called “The Gifts” and it’s about two lonely college students who spend Christmas together.
Chicken Soup for the Soul published a couple of my stories this year. One is in “Lessons from the Cat” and is about our ‘Holstein cat’ Daisy. She was quite a character. Chicken Soup also published my story “Heavenly Connections” in the Amazing Mom book last summer. It’s about how I became a nurse even though I never thought I wanted to be a nurse.
I enjoy writing short stories because I have so many ideas for stories and I can finish one fairly quickly and move on to the next. I think I have WADS (Writers’ Attention Deficit Syndrome) I just made that up. I’m a former pediatric nurse.
I have stories in nursing anthologies and magazines as well.
There are many opportunities for short stories. Don’t be afraid to try.
I receive an email called “Freedom with Writing.” I’m not sure how I got started with it, but they send a bi-monthly list of publishers (magazines, anthologies, businesses, etc.) who are looking for authors to write articles or short stories related to specific themes. This month there are requests for stories about snow sports, mining, culture, news, art, and living abroad. They also tell how much publishers will pay if they accept your story.
So, sit down and start writing those short stories and see if you can add to your resume and, with luck, your bank account.