One of my critique partners challenged me to write a short - and I mean short - story for Whipped Cream. Erotic with a storyline and romance.
Sounds simple, eh?
Yes and no.
Oh, the ideas came quick (pardon the pun), and the sex was saucy... And writing short means it shouldn't take long to craft. True. I got going on the story and had it pretty must done within a short time.
Problem? Making the blasted thing fit the length requirements (why does it always amount to length... he he he he). Short stories are trying. You want to say all the things the characters are telling you, but in difficult parameters - 1000 words.
Next problem? Back story without making the story boring or dumping. Eek! Why are these people together? Why are they engaging in intercourse? What's the underlying problem? What's the conflict?
Oh, and the story can't be just a sex scene.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. Far from it. I welcomed the challenge and took it on with earnest. I'll probably write another (with a racing theme... can't knock what interests me)
Actually, I'm issuing the challenge to more writers. There is a certain skill to writing short. Give it a shot and see what you come up with.
(Wow, I'm bad with the puns today.. or my mind is in the gutter. Oh well.)