Forgive me if I sound crazed. I was hit with a new idea last night and it kept me up past my bed time. Writer yawns and breaks off another piece of chocolate. I just finished a short story, my first real fantasy. It was a little hard to write at first but came together fairly easy. I even enjoyed the editing process. I’m still looking for a better title, but that will come. My intention was to find a home for it in a magazine or e-zine.
Great plans… Last night another group of characters came to visit, and they brought with them an idea. Instead of seeking publication now, wait. Write a series of short stories set in the world I just created. Hmmmm, writer sips her tea and gazes out window as mosquitoes carry squirrel away.
A collection of short stories tied together with a common thread and theme. Interesting idea. I have enjoyed playing with this set of characters, expanding the world to see what else is there would be cool. But a short story collection? Not to be crude, but is that idea sell able? I guess if it’s good it is. If not I can break it up and send them out separately. Writer hears dog bark at Roux. Barking ends abruptly. Writer scratches feed Roux, off to-do list.
A short story collection brings with it a long list of questions:
- How many stories make up a nice collection?
- How many can a person read before getting board with the idea?
- Should they range in style, say light fantasy to scary?
- I know there are more, but that’s all my sleep deprived brain can handle….
What do you think about short story collections?