Short stories are the bane of my existence. Okay, that might be a bit strong since plotting seems to be more of a bane. And technically, if you really want to get down to brass tacks, I can write short stories, but I just don’t share them with the general population. They are more , eh hem, adult in nature.
However, recently I wrote a piece for a contest in my little valley, and the result was second place. Not too shabby in my mind. Those interested can read the short story, The Making of a Private Eye, by clicking said title <—–.
Well, the second place finish encouraged me to try my hand at trying to write more short stories. Personally, I’m not that big a fan of short stories, the only one coming to mind that I enjoyed being Louis L’Amour’s The Diamond of Jeru. I usually avoid reading short stories because I always feel like they are lacking. Personal preference. However, since I am terrible at plotting, why not try small plots? I figure this might be a way to tackle getting this subject down and working on it.
I checked out a book of Henry James’ short stories from the library, and in the introduction it said that James wrote about eighty short stories [‘use the term for anything under 20,000 words, and we’ll avoid a good many arguments.’] I thought to myself, wow, that’s pretty amazing. Now, I know the name Henry James, but I have never read any of his work, so I am curious to see what he writes like.
I know, I just sort of randomly picked up a book of short stories. I could have picked D.H. Laurence, which I did at one point a while ago, or Ernest Hemingway, which I also did at one point a while ago. Neither of those books were ever read. So why James? I can’t explain. The book looked old and well worn, something I’m attracted to.
Part of the reason for my desire to try this short story thing is I have an idea of a story about this Argentine Tango dance courtesy of watching Dancing With the Stars. I’m a sucker for the Argentine Tango, and I think it is one of the sexiest dances around. There is so much passion involved. So it got my mind thinking.
I’m hopeful that I will be able to plot it out and come up with something worth posting soon.
So, for those interested, check out the second place finish short story and I’d love any feedback on writing short stories. Oh, and at what point does flash fiction become a short story?