In this fast moving digital world reading a complete novel is not always possible, even for the avid reader. Short stories can fill little gaps and boost morale when intelligent people have little time to spare. Writing short stories can also be a starting block for potential novelists to flex their writing muscle and learn the craft of creative writing. It is a natural progression from writing school essays which sometimes allowed for fiction and creative writing projects.
My progression as I began my writing career, came from writing short stories as homework for my local writing groups. Last year I published some of the best under the title ‘Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups’ using FeedaRead.com, which I consider the best self-publishing website, provided you are confident with your own editing-skills or can access these successfully.
I consider writers should always seek to improve their skills and I am very excited to have secured a place on a short story writing workshop to be hosted by Kate and Greg Mosse at the Writers and Artists’ Bloomsbury Publishing HQ in London next month. I’m hoping to learn more about the art of writing short fiction from these superb masters of the craft.