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...
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!
Thanks! I plan to once I remove it from another site first.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yeah, I was thinking more of their short stories. Good stuff for any aspiring writer to explore.
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
Ohhh! I heard a little about Chekhov a few months ago on a Literary Theory lecture from Yale. Beautiful.
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?
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.
I will take your word for it.
Back to Chekhov:
http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/article … -character
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.
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.
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