This is the breathtakingly beautiful Loch Lomond – just to cheer us all up on these dreary February days.
When I first started writing women’s fiction a few years ago I began, as many writers do, with short stories for magazines. I was lucky enough to be published in Take a Break, The People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly, The Weekly News, and others. But I still struggled.
Creating a complete and marketable story with a believable plot and characters that readers could emphasise with did not come easily to me. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the short story market appeared to be plunging into free fall. Magazine after magazine seemed to be dropping the short fiction slots.
I take my hat off to Della, Teresa, and all those other wonderful writers who make the skill look so easy (when it’s NOT) and are a constant inspiration to the rest of us.
But I was losing heart. I needed more space for my writing. And thanks to the amazing Sally Quilford, I found it in the DC Thomson pocket novels.
It was the perfect genre for me. It provided that elusive ‘space’ to develop characters, explore relationships and work on plots.
Plus – the 50,000 word length wasn’t long enough for me to get bored with it.
Now there is a halfway house – the long short story! (over 10,000w)
Apparently kindle readers can’t get enough of them.
These handy short reads are just right for coffee breaks and short train/bus journeys home after work.
Rhonda Penders, Editor-in-Chief of The Wild Rose Press, discusses it here.
Obviously these ‘shorts’ still need to have a great plot, a beginning, middle and end. All this has to come with some tight dialogue and characters that jump off the page – always a tall order, but at least the writer has more than 1,000 words to play with now.
Have a great week, everyone.