How difficult can writing a short story be? Well, either it is very hard or I am just useless at it! It was over three months ago that I was asked to write one for an anthology of short stories for children, with the theme “technology”. Today, two discarded half-attempts later, why is my screen still depressingly blank?
Short-story-expert Marie’s formula makes sense to me—define your characters before you start off, throw in a crisis in their lives, and get things over and done with in a short span of time.
But the long and short of it is this: I cannot do it! It just will not happen. Okay, I got my characters—I thought I did, at least. And I got my plot—based on real life forum drama experiences ;-)—and then it just fizzled out. Twice.
Somebody once said that a good writer can write a thousand words on anything. While they were talking about non-fiction, many other fiction writers do say that they force themselves to write an x number of words everyday. Somehow that doesn’t work for me. Call it unprofessionalism if you must; I prefer to call it writer’s block! 😀
I’m no Annie Proulx (was reading her short story Brokeback Mountain; more on the movie some other day, as I do not feel sufficiently articulate right now to do it justice) that I can make a story span twenty years, taking the protagonists from teenage to near-middle-age, and make readers cry in the bargain. Her short story was made into a critically acclaimed movie. And all I ask for is one crappy little 3000-word wonder that will fill the hearts of teenage brats with joy! Is that too much to demand?!