New discovery for me. Writing a short story is very different than writing a series. Before you roll your eyes and mutter, “Duh!”… hear me out. Keep in mind, this is my viewpoint only. I can’t speak for other authors.
I’m having issues with this tale of mine. I managed to get a lot of writing done last weekend, and hope to do the same this weekend. The story is now taking shape and I’m pleased with where it’s going. And herein lies the problem of writing as a pantser, the characters haven’t let me know where they’re going with the story.
The other night, I thought I had it figured out. Grabbed a pen and paper and wrote down the outline for the rest of the story (there may be a tiny bit of a plotter in me, too 😉 ). I even wrote a HEA and THE END at the bottom of the page. It’s a short story … it needs a Happily Ever After and an ending, right? My characters are fighting me on this one. They want more. The secondary characters are raising their voices, they want to be heard. *sigh* I keep writing, and have yet to get to my outline.
I didn’t plan on this. I didn’t really want this. I’m still revising Book 2 of a series of 5. I don’t have time for this! Yeah, they’re laughing over that one too. As it stands right now, I have no idea if this story will be a short one or develop into a novel. The one thing I can tell you is that the working title is ‘Save the Last Dance’, and so far, they haven’t had that dance. I’ll let you know what happens.
Till next week,