Monday, May 17, 2021

Patricia Josephine & A Quick Spell

Please welcome Patricia Josephine back to the blog today!


The challenge of writing short fiction.


You may think writing a 200 word story isn’t that challenging, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Some writers may actually say it’s harder than writing a full-length novel, and I know a few who don’t write shorter fiction because they can’t wrap their brains around it. Their muse only works in long form.


Writing short fiction is different from a novel. With novels, you have an unlimited number of words you can use to paint a picture for the reader. Short fiction you have restrictions on word count. You may only have 1000 words. You can even have as little as 50. When you have that limit, you are forced to choose more carefully. Your strokes have to be broader instead of going into minute details as you can with a novel.


The way I approach short fiction is similar to my novels. I just start writing. I figure out the story as I go and when I get to the end, I edit. I edit until the story is at the word limit I’ve imposed. That’s done by cutting descriptive words. The sentence doesn’t need the color of someone’s shirt for example. Thoughts the character has might get axed as well. If it doesn’t serve the basic story I want to tell, it can go.


Sometimes that doesn’t always work. Sometimes the story I’m trying to tell needs to be longer. When that happens, I stop worrying about word count and let it end as a novella or novel. I have a zombie apocalypse story I hope to release in the future that I initially intended to be 100 words. It ended at over 10,000!


Writing short fiction is a great exercise. It makes you think about word choices and their importance to the story. I encourage anyone who enjoys writing to give it a shot.


Blurb

Magic.
Myths.
Fantasy.

We are bewitched by what we can't see.

Conjure delight with a fantastical collection of tales. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to delight your imagination no matter how busy your day is.

Will you believe? 


Buy Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08S1YNZQY



About the Author

Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. 



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Thanks, Patricia! I didn't start writing flash fiction until I came across the WEP challenges. I really enjoy the shorts now! You're so right that it's a big challenge to write a good small story!


16 comments:

  1. I agree that writing shorter pieces is tough. Every word must count.
    Congratulations on the new release, Patricia!

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  2. Thanks for having me, Jemi. I definitely think all writers should at least attempt short fiction. It's a good challenge even if you end up not enjoying it.

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    1. It's a real skill builder for sure!
      You're welcome anytime!

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  3. Congratulations on your new release Patricia.
    I agree, short fiction has its very own challenges. Not a word can be wasted. I suspect the discipline serves any writer well.

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  4. I can't imagine writing such a short story. Congrats to Patricia on her new release!

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  5. Congratulations to Patricia. I can see where writing a shorter piece would have its challenges.

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  6. Many congratulations on your new release. I wish you the best of luck.

    Yvonne.

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  7. Short fiction is so hard I've only managed a few pieces and even those tend to be on the longish side. Congrats!

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    1. LOL - I hear ya! Mine are either micro or morph into novels!

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  8. Congrats to Patricia on her new release!
    Tigger Brain here, too :)

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