What kind of short stories do you write?

United States
June 29, 2012 10:30am CST
Writers have their favorite genres. Mine is mostly medieval fantasy romances. I am fascinated by the medieval and renaissance periods. Even though I am writing books now for the time being, I still enjoy writing short stories and posting them on my blog to share with everyone. They are mostly based on my first novel "Realmwalkers" (see profile). Readers have indicated that they want to keep reading more and more about the same characters. This would explain why authors are putting out sagas and series these days. But with my time short due to various factors, I still look forward to putting out a short story whenever possible. Do you write short stories also and if so, what kind?
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• United States
29 Jun 12
I have wrote short story's before, i though about writing a book but, i didnt know where to begin like i have an idea for the story line, i dont know maybe i should do it. I just wonder how you write something so long because it would be hard to re read and remember certain things. I guess mapping out your characters first would help. what do you suggest?
@suni51 (1838)
2 Jul 12
i have written mostly articles related to travel and I am almost on the verge of converting them into a e-book. I am trying to do it on amazon and would go for all out marketing campaign for the same.
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• United States
2 Jul 12
Thats cool, i wish you the best of luck.
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• United States
4 Jul 12
Yes, Musicluv. If you are going to do a book with lots of characters and places you may want to start out with a notebook or folders in your computer. I do that for each book I right to help compile stuff about characters and events. Make character sheets and write an outline of your story so you have a "road map" of what your story is going to be about. Take a writers course in school. Join a writers group for networking and support. All these suggestions will be very helpful in getting you start on your part to writing well and getting published. =)
@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
29 Jun 12
That's interesting, because as a reader, I prefer different characters and locations in my reading. I will be truthful, I don't like writing poetry or short stories, I prefer to write out a story, (which is usually over 60,000-80,000 words) until I am done. But, since I am earning a Creative Writing degree, I must take both poetry and in my "Creative Writing Fiction" class, I had to write a 15 page short story. The genre was suspense, rather than my preference, love/inspired/suspense, maybe because I didn't feel I could put so much in a limited amount of pages I had to write. I did share it here, so if you are interested, I will search for the link to where I posted it. In the meantime, I have another friend's post I want to reply to and then I am off to bathe my girls, who are not going to like it, but they are starting to stink..:P lol
• United States
30 Jun 12
OOooo... I am so envious. Havasu is getting ASU (Arizona State Univ) soon and I am seriously thinking of taking a creative writing course. It would be great to have a degree in writing. Right now I have a AA in Graphic Design which came in handy when I decided to design my first novel, Realmwalkers. I did the cover and the interior page design which saved me a lot of money. Now I think it would be neat to go back to college and study creative writing. I will post here is I do it. Right now, I am beginning to prepare for the autumn book signings. =)
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• United States
2 Jul 12
Well, it isn't all that fun, because I "have" to take math and science too.. But I did so love my "Creative Writing Fiction" class, because my textbook was really helpful and good. It is called "On Writing" written by Stephen King. If anything, I strongly suggest you get this book, even if you are not a fan, which I am not, but found his tips so helpful.
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• United States
4 Jul 12
After 3 days, I CAN FINALLY READ and POST in MYLOT!! I hear service is still sporatic so I am going to answer my posts while I still can... I do have that book, Carmel. It was recommended at my writers group so I went and got it. I started reading it and I must admit it was eye-popping in some places. I haven't finished it yet but I will take it on the road with me when I go on vacation in August. Ah, so you have to take those boring classes too? Boooo! I wonder if I can go back to taking math and science. Oh well, good luck just the same, Carmel. Let me know when you graduate! =D
@suni51 (1838)
2 Jul 12
I prefer to go for real life stories with my personal experiences mostly about travels and related. I love to travel a lot therefore find some thing exciting every time to convert into a story worth presenting in front of my readers online. I am still on the job and writing about my Goa visits. I wish i had little more talent to write some thing romantic but that is bit hard for me.
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@riempie9 (1026)
• South Africa
2 Jul 12
I like writing short stories for a collection as it is different from a novel where you take a longer time to complete the project. As well, you can write a variety of different stories in different genres to make up a full collection. Short stories give you the opportunity to read a short story in one go and give you a fix. I have two published collections and also write short stories for magazines when invited to do so. Certain short stories have been republished several times.
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• United States
4 Jul 12
There is nothing wrong with writing non-fiction stories, Suni! Riempie made a good suggestion too. Short stories are one way to solve the problem of not having enough time to write. Do you use a travel journal to document your experiences when you travel? I do. I also sketch and stick flat items like tickets and photos and postcards in it. You can also do that on the Internet too or you can simply blog about such things. Blogs are free and easy to use. Travel journals don't have to be expensive either. You can get a blank book/journal nowadays for just a few dollars. Start there and try to write every day. Do you belong to a writers group? Does your local collage have writers classes?
@Mayuko (1272)
• United States
1 Jul 12
I didn't write short stories -- what I wrote I intended to be published as a full-length novel, but I've yet to actually finish anything Anyway, I wrote various genres. Sometimes I wrote fantasy/paranormal, most times it was just drama. A couple stories had a chick lit (comedy-drama) feel to it. For a short while, I desperately wanted to write a thriller-mystery, but I'm no good at it. But, there was almost always an element of romance in my stories. My favorite genre to write is fantasy. I love writing about fantastic & paranormal beings and occurrences. Sometimes I imagine how interesting life would be if these things could actually happen Another thins is, everything I wrote could be considered young adult fiction. In all that I wrote, the main characters are aged 15 to 18.
• United States
4 Jul 12
That's the genre I write most of the time. I enjoy it alot. I have a new short story out right now that you might like to check out? I call it "The Priestess and the Ravenknight" and you will find the story at my Realmwalkers Tiaera blog (see profile). What you need to do now, Mayuko, is to commit to writing more than you have been. If you want to be a writer you need to write and write and write. Find friends to help you by proofreading your work. Start small by doig short stories and posting them in places like Triond.com. That's a good place to get started. Go take a writing course or go to the library and borrow writing books. The Internet is also a great place for learning about writing. There are so many many blogs and websites where you can meet other writers and LEARN! =) Good luck!
• United States
29 Jun 12
I have not written a book yet, but I was planning on it. I want to write a children's fantasy type of thing. Of course I have a dream for it to be some sort of movie. I am just a beginner when it comes to writing. I just started with articles and hope to move to book when writing improves.
• United States
4 Jul 12
A children's book? That will most like require graphics or sketches. Children's books are so fancy nowadays. The artwork is amazing and eye-catching. If you can draw, then doing some of that work will definitely save you a lot of money. When I wrote my first novel with co-author, Jack Shepherd, I drew all the illustrations inside it. My book, Realmwalker has 21 black and white full page illustrations and another 12 half page ones. But Realmwalkers is NOT a children's book. It would be considered YA (young adult) and Adult. If you want to see some of my artwork and learn more about my novel, check out my profile. Also, as I have mentioned in other posts, try to find a writers group. The group here in Havasu helped me a lot in getting my story written and eventually published. Almost every city has at least one. They don't cost much to join and you can also meet some new friends who will help you with your writing. Good luck!
@tedifa (1235)
• Indonesia
29 Jun 12
I like writing short stories since 2007,usually i was published in my blog or other sites.I write about a lot of topics that i like or my hobies.But i prefer to write about online earning or music.Next year i want to write the book about my experience get money from online earning.I'm still collect the source and data.Hope i can finished that.Cause i have to work with my offline business too.
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• United States
30 Jun 12
Online businesses take a lot of time and work, Tedifa. I have tried a few work-at-home businesses but never really got ahead much. The time spent on it was not worth it to me. Writing was the most satisfying then as it is now. I hope you get your book written and published. If it's about an offline business, there may be many who will want to read it. Good luck!
@ravi770 (248)
• India
29 Jun 12
i am write comedy short stories for my friends and just sharing on the Facebook.... also write jocks... some i try to write horror stories for child... they scared and i laugh....
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• United States
30 Jun 12
It sounds like you have a good sense of humor. I wish I could write humor. I don't seem to have the wit or cleverness good comedians need to be successful. I have tried horror, but that too is difficult for me. Maybe I need practice and I need to read such books and stories so I can see how the other writers do it.
@riempie9 (1026)
• South Africa
29 Jun 12
My first short story collection was produced when I returned home from Canada to SA in 1995. My stories were all different, but influenced by apartheid South Africa. One of them called The Guilt has been published in several anthologies, and as I write I am awaiting a royalty check of about a thousand dollars. It has featured in several mags and was even read by Sigourney Weaver (by the way, without my permission).
• United States
30 Jun 12
How wonderful it is to meet you, Riempie9. Your genre is very unusual, but because of the non-fiction importance of apartheid I have no doubt many read your work. It definitely sounds like you are writing what you know. Am I correct? Are these stories the result of your life experiences or of research?
• India
29 Jun 12
I like writing short stories....and i mostly write suspense or thriller kind of stories....in this genre the first thing i think before writing ,that the plot should be so interesting that the reader should just keep thinking that what will happen next...!!! That's my opinion :) cheers :)
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• United States
30 Jun 12
Yes, I also enjoy short stories. I have started a new one at my Tiaera blog (http://tiaera.blogspot.com) It's called "The Priestess and the Ravenknight." I am currently working on part two for next week. I also agree with you on how important it is to have that "hook" in the first page to get the interest of the reader. I try my best as any serious writer to entertain my readers whether its at one of my blogs, my stories or even here in MyLot. =)
• Malaysia
29 Jun 12
I like to write about romances. I found out that it is much easier to write about stuff that i have experience but i have yet to post it or make it into a book as i am still not confident enough to get it go public.