Sunday, May 31, 2009

Write a short! - I did!

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.)


Marianne Arkins said...

YES... more people should write and submit to WC, lol...

And, I can't wait to read yours. You're right, though, writing short and making it worthwhile is HARD.

Erhm... another pun?

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

But aren't puns fun!

If it's acceptable, i fully plan to write another. Hey, it's a great way to get the old name out there.

I'm hooked!

Kealie Shay said...

Hee hee... I've created a monster. I love doing the shorts, they are really good when I'm having a bit of a block. I can write a quick short and unblock and get back to work.

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

But I'm a good monster... he he he he

And it's fun!

makenwords said...

I'm with you there in the gutter!!Yum, you know they have chocolate whipped creme now, didn't ya? LOL Shorts are really, really difficult write well. They do challenge you. Can't wait to read it!

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Wow, now i feel pressure, but hmmmmm... chocolate whipped cream... that gives me an idea... now y'all have to figure out where i'm heading... and yes, my mind is in the gutter...