It has been so long since I’ve written a short story to add to my freebie page, I’m sure many thought I had completely forgotten about it. Honestly, it wouldn’t have even crossed my mind it if wasn’t for a picture book that I was responsible for processing.
The children’s book had such an odd title (Into the pumpkin) and I thought, Hmm, wouldn’t that make a great title for a Halloween short story. And then I remembered that I hadn’t written any short stories in a really long time. Oops!
Even for a novelist, writing novels isn’t enough. Writing short stories keeps you limber as a writer. The small format forces you to stay flexible in your story creation. It also forces you to cut out all the extra frills in your writing and only leave what is absolutely necessary to move the story forward. It’s really hard to have much character development in such a small format, so every word and every action your characters make have to convey their personalities. Short stories really keep a writer on their toes.
So I’m hoping that I will have enough time this month to write up a new Halloween short story. It will probably have the title “Into the pumpkin”. And hopefully it won’t be a complete disaster. After all, I’m really out of practice.
If you want to read last year’s Halloween story click here.