Short Story Woes

I’ve reached an issue with the current material that I’ve been working on.  Word Count!  I’ve arranged the short story event by event in a “tasks” side bar in the novel software I’ve been using, and the only way it seems to land at the appropriate word count for short story submissions would be if I simply did not write some of the events that occur.  It’s running on the long side already, as I’m used to writing longer material, but the action and pacing is great.  I’m trying to determine if I should write the scenes, then trim them out later, or just not write them in order to meet the market’s specifications.

Any ideas?

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14 thoughts on “Short Story Woes

  1. My suggestion would be to keep writing. I have found that this works best, because what you think is great now, might not sound so hot in the second reading. Also, what doesn’t work now, might be just what the story needs later.

    Don’t conform to word limits, just write and edit later.

    1. Thanks for the advice! It’ll be interesting to see how it will turn out. I keep letting the word count affect my actions, instead I will allow the story to affect the word count before any revisions are made.

  2. It sounds to me like the story you are trying to write might not be a short story.

    My advice; write it and see what it turns into. It may end up as a novella. Or you may find after completion that you can cut a lot from the beginning to bring the reader straight into the story.

    But at this stage of the draft, just write.

    1. I think that you are right. It appears to be the best way, and I think that it will turn out better. Thanks!

      It could be a novella, but I don’t think it will be quite that long. Hopefully!

  3. Merrilee- That’s what I told him to do too! I guess he just has to hear it from someone else besides the wife sometimes…

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