So, I’m still working on lengthening the “Crown of Thorns” story. (It’s going well, by the way.) In my search for advice on lengthening a short work, I came across a very good, very awesome thread on the Absolute Write forums about it, and found loads of solid advice. Like:
- Novels are a totally different animal than a short.
- Short stories are based on a single event, situation, or idea. Novels are based on a premise, and hopefully one that will lead you through a variety of situations.
One poster in the thread suggested (to the creator of the thread, who wasn’t me, but another short story writer in the same boat) to stop writing short stories as long as one was in progress with a novel.
Hooray!, I thought. That’s probably the key for me right there! If I stop thinking in “short mode,” and re-wire my brain to think in “long mode,” I’ll surely end up with a longer work….
Since I made the decision to stop writing short stories, in order to help me write a longer work, all I’ve been able to think about is flash fiction!!!
I find myself breathing flash when I least expect it. Seeing flash around every corner.
And now, I’m even dreaming in flash.
Someone, HELP ME STOP THE FLASH!!!!!