I blame this blog post of a rabbit trail of creativity on my attempt at reading non-fantasy books. As I’ve stated before, I am looking for different kinds of books to read to help stretch my writing muscles. So far, I delved into biographies and a few contemporary fiction novels. I’ve enjoyed these books for various reasons but I can’t help but wonder, “If I were to write a satirical novel or maybe something considered horror, what kind of story would I write?”
So often, I see motivational and inspirational quotes, encouraging writers to write what they love. I wholeheartedly agree with this but I can’t help but think there’s value in trying new things. Obviously, my time is taken up by my devotion to my fantasy series but what’s to stop me from taking a few hours and try to write something that takes place in the late 20th century or more recent? Nothing really to be honest. It could serve as a simple creative exercise and there are benefits to that practice.
At this time, I think if I played with any kind of new idea, I’d have to keep it to a short story word count. If I were to stretch myself too thin, I think I could easily become overwhelmed and that could affect my writing commitments. This would not be good for myself in the end. So, a short story would have to be limit.
I think writers can sometimes become distracted by fresh ideas, neglecting current stories that are further along. I kind of attribute it to being like a new pair of shoes. You love them when you buy them, wear them everyday, and tell yourself you don’t need another pair for years. Then, you’re browsing online or at a store and boom! You spot another pair of shoes that convince you immediately your current shoes are worn down too much to be worn much longer. I would encourage all writers to watch out for this situation. You are the best judge of your stories but do not trash something that you cherish just for the sake of something new and fresh.
Call to Action: Does anyone have a good recommendation for a book of short stories? I think I need to read more to get a better feel for their length and convention.