Short Stories

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  1. Jessie L Watson profile image94
    Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months ago

    Sometimes I burn myself out drawing inside the lines of science. I need to exercise my creative side. I seem to get blasted with really great sci/fi fantasy ideas in the shower, at the gym, before bed... but never see myself having the motivation to sit and write an entire novel. Instead I might try writing 10-20 page short stories in PDF format and waiting until I have a large enough collection to publish. Part of this was influenced by my love for the TV series "The Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone". 

    Now if I could just get done with everything else I'm working on...

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    1. snakeslane profile image83
      snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this
      1. Jessie L Watson profile image94
        Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Total nostalgia.

    2. Dabby Lyric profile image84
      Dabby Lyricposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Hello Jessie,

      I hear ya!  I bit the bullet and started re-writing an original fictional work several months back. I'm now on Chapter 27 lol!  It's a great accomplishment for me eventhough I don't consider myself a great writer.  I've a handful of shorts that I have to dedicate myself to and get at it.

      You can do it, just takes time...which is a big one.  Getting that first word down is hard too.  Keep at it till you get it!

      1. Jessie L Watson profile image94
        Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Congrats! Keep going. Share if possible.

  2. Dabby Lyric profile image84
    Dabby Lyricposted 8 months ago

    Thanks!  I plan to once I remove it from another site first.

  3. EricFarmer8x profile image97
    EricFarmer8xposted 8 months ago

    I like writing blog posts, articles, and Hubs but I never tried to write a story. It is something I have thought at least trying once.

    1. Jessie L Watson profile image94
      Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      It's a good exercise. Especially poetry.

  4. Gregory DeVictor profile image95
    Gregory DeVictorposted 8 months ago

    I have never tried to write a short story. The closest I ever came to it was alluding to personal experiences in a hub about Erie, PA that I wrote recently. The hub is officially finished and I am glad to be rid of it.

    1. Jessie L Watson profile image94
      Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Glad to be rid of it as in: it was therapeutic to talk about something personal?

  5. snakeslane profile image83
    snakeslaneposted 8 months ago

    Short Story is a fairly simple format. There are some masters that are good to read for clues. Too many to mention except for the obvious. The Russians Chekov and Dostoyefsky I would suggest.

    1. Jessie L Watson profile image94
      Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Do you mean the Brothers Karamazov? And I also have Dostoevskys 'Notes from the Underground' on PDF. Probably one of the greatest literary figures in history.

      1. snakeslane profile image83
        snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Yeah, I was thinking more of their short stories. Good stuff for any aspiring writer to explore.

        1. snakeslane profile image83
          snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          Sorry Jessie, I wasn't very clear with that. I should have said the Russian writers Anton Chekhov and Fyodor Dostoevsky,  my bad. And I usually get the spelling wrong with the Russian names too, (although they often have more than one spelling smile

          1. Jessie L Watson profile image94
            Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Ohhh! I heard a little about Chekhov a few months ago on a Literary Theory lecture from Yale.  Beautiful.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS22f07a2MY&t=2462s

            1. snakeslane profile image83
              snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

              Thanks for the link, I couldn't hear most of what he was saying, a speaker issue on my end maybe. Was he discussing Chekhov?

              1. Jessie L Watson profile image94
                Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction
                01:52 - Chapter 2. Anton Chekhov and Henry James
                11:26 - Chapter 3. Author and Authority
                19:36 - Chapter 4. "The Founders of Discursivity"
                28:20 - Chapter 5. Critique of the "Author Function"

                There's also a closed captioning option. I usually get bored after he gets to Michelle Foucault and Jacques Derrida. Post modern criticisms are just dreadfully conceited and irrational.

                1. snakeslane profile image83
                  snakeslaneposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                  I will take your word for it. smile
                  Back to Chekhov:
                  http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/article … -character

          2. Jessie L Watson profile image94
            Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            Professor Fry quotes from a play scrip of Chekhov and Henry James...

            "[Life is] at best a tin mold either fluted or embossed with ornamental excrescences or else smooth and dreadfully plain, into which, a helpless jelly one's consciousness is poured so that one takes the from and is more or less compactly held by it. One lives, in fine, as one can"

            I found this compelling because I'm a big fan of Oscar Wilde. A similar yet delightfully engaging use of language.

  6. poppyr profile image96
    poppyrposted 8 months ago

    Jessie, I’m exactly the same. Every spare moment I have to write I’m working on articles because they make me money and my day job pays peanuts.

    I used to write thousands of words a day as a teenager and had three books published at one point.

    Now I have a short story that’s been in the works for months because every time I get into my laptop, it’s to reach the article number count. It’s a shame.

    1. Jessie L Watson profile image94
      Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      And this is what we've been reduced to haha. The time has come to revivify the imaginative spirit of our youth.

  7. Jessie L Watson profile image94
    Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months ago

    Interesting. Thank you

 
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