Sometimes it's easier to start with a short story before attempting a full-length novel. First of all, they are fun to write. Limited characters, short plot, and no long-term commitment. And best of all, they are frequentlly diving off points to the future novel.
I started a short-short story (500 words) in a creative writing class here in Florida, and it was so much fun that I've written about ten more pages and it may end up in a book form. Who knows? In the meantime, I'm having a good time adding to it.
The thing about a short story is that it has to move quickly. No boring scenes. There simply isn't time. To read a somewhat humorous story I wrote, go to my other web-site, junesecondcup.blogspot.com. (And take that second cup with you!)
Welcome to my blog. I hope you will return often for that second cup.
Writing has become more than a way to make lists or keep in touch with friends. It is a vital part of who I am. For the past few years I've been writing essays, devotionals, a memoir, and several novels. I invite you to join me on this site so we can explore ways together to improve our writings. Words can be beautiful or they can be hurtful - even devastating. The well-placed word or phrase, the choice metaphor, a fresh perspective - each can add to the reader's participation in sharing the thoughts of the writer. I invite anyone who wants to improve their work or even if you have never attempted writing beyond a grocery list to return often. Feel free to add your thoughts. There are no grades given - no critics to deter you. We do this as friends - chatting over their second cup of coffee. (or tea, if you prefer.)