Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Word Clouding and Short Story Land

Word Clouding my w.i.p. (work in progess). Makes sense on a cloudy day.

I'm having fun with this one. It's called Twelve Keys. It's a fantasy. (What else would I write?) I'm still in the honeymoon stage of writing and haven't smacked into any walls... yet. I'm not ready to reveal any secrets except to say that it involves a pocket watch, a unicorn, a steam powered motorcycle, and one of the characters playing the ocarina. ;)

I also have a couple of short stories out in short story land waiting for a bite.
Question for novel writers:
Do you write short stories? Some novelists I've talked to say they don't bother. Is it useful to publish short stories and "get your name out there?" Do you enjoy writing short stories or flash fiction? Is it good practice?

I enjoy reading short stories and writing them too, so I shall continue doing both.


karabu said...

I always forget about that word cloud thingy! So cool. I got the giggles noticing that 'used', 'inside' and 'voice' were all clustered together.
I can't wait to read it.
My copy of Syzygy came today! WHoo!

DRC said...

Answer: My main focus is my novel, but I do write short stories too. I don't plan on getting them published anytime soon. I use them if I need a break from the novel. It allows me to write something different without having to commit myself fully. A bit of fun. I suppose my collection may come in handy one day...who knows...

Amanda Borenstadt said...

OMG, Kara, I didn't realize I got mine too until I read your comment. I never went out to get my mail yesterday. LOL I'm scared to open it! What if they printed them all upside down and backwards or something? :p

DRC~ Yes, your short story collection could be published as an entire collection someday. But I agree, short story writing is fun. :)

Amie Kaufman said...

I don't write short stories, mostly because I'm terrible at them. I think that if you can, they could be really useful in terms of the bio at the end: 'Joe Schmoe lives in Baltimore with his hamster. His novel, TWILIGHT, is available through Whatchamacallum Press.'

Amanda Borenstadt said...

I think you might be right, Amie, about short stories being good for the bio. As far as you being terrible at writing them--you might be too hard on yourself, or perhaps you want more practice. Or it's just not your thing.

They can feel restricting to write. But I've found they've helped me (especially writing flash fic.) by forcing me to cut away unnecessary words. My natural inclination is to blather. LOL

Nissa Annakindt said...

I don't seem to have any middle growing between writing short (& weird) poems and writing novels (or beginnings to novels....). I don't really read short stories except in series anthologies of series I love like Darkover or Valdemar. The problem with short stories is that they end too soon!

BTW, I'm going to be participating in the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy blog tour next week and in one of my postings I'll mention Syzygy. (Do you do the blog tour? Great way to get new readers for your blog--- and get free books.)

(The word verification word is 'mitype'. Don't they know that that's the Loguan aliens' word for 'manure'? Well, not manure exactly....)

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Nissa~ LOL I love the word verification.

Well, if you've read any of my short stories, you might be glad they end so soon. :p

I hadn't planned to do the blog tour because I'll be spending so much time online the following week with the Online Catholic Writers Conference, but it's probably something I should do. (I can only neglect my kids so much. :p ) Yay, thanks for mentioning Syzygy! :)

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