So, I decided I wouldn’t write any more short stories until I had my novel rumbling along. It seemed like a fine plan, right up until I got struck by a short story idea that I couldn’t resist writing. I plotted it out, and started work on it yesterday.
Which begs the question — do I need to quit short fiction altogether, or just limit it, in order to write the novel?
The reason I ask the question is that, during this spell, I’ve also done a lot of prep work towards my novel. I’ve redrawn the characters, structured the storyline, and found the story’s conclusion, as well as a couple of its themes (more, of course, become evident as the story unfolds). And within it, I think, what is likely to be the core theme. But all of that hasn’t stopped me wanting to write short fiction.
I’ve always had a lot of ideas for stories, and I don’t think I want to mute that side of me. I’ll be happier if I’m able to write both my novel, and also not be forced to abandon my shorter works of fiction to accomplish it (and, in time, the many other novel ideas I have stacked up against the wall).
Ah well. In the meantime, a song, because why not? I feel like posting this one. For just a few minutes, enjoy what was once Fair to Midland.