Writing Mechanics

How to Outline a Short Story


I have to admit to the world something I’ve been denying for years.

I’m a short story writer. *GASP*

I know, I KNOW. I’m not exactly ashamed of this admission, but it’s a bitter/sweet pill to swallow. I love writing short stories. I love writing scenes. I do not, however, like writing longer pieces. I think I’m going to have to accept that I may NEVER write an entire novel – I just get too bored with the same story line. Maybe I should focus more on writing short story anthologies. That is why I like writing several things at once – maybe I have attention deficit disorder when it comes to fiction. I can’t tell you the number of times I think of a story idea while reading something or even writing something entirely different. I’ve come to accept that is how my brain works. I supposed it’s time to stop fighting it.

So when I watched this video, a lightbulb went on over my head. Her ideas ignited my dying embers. (How is that for sounding dramatic).

Maybe I’ll focus more on honing my short story skills.

Or maybe not.

You never know with me.

At any rate, enjoy the video. Maybe it’ll ignite your smoldering fire. (I feel like that sounds dirty …)

Discuss among yourselves. I need to go to work.