I have a mental block with short stories. I know this because I’m trying to write one. Or two. Or three. Ideas? Oh yeah, I have ideas out the wazoo. (What is a wazoo?) But it seems such a waste to use these ideas on a short story.
Maybe it’s because I’ve always looked at short fiction as the poor stepchild of the novel. Short fiction is written by people who can’t write novels, I always thought.
Now I’ve changed my mind. Short fiction is written by writers far more brilliant than me, who can condense complex plots into 4,000 words with precision and beauty, while I can’t seem to write anything in fewer than 90,000 words.
I also don’t READ short fiction, and maybe that’s part of the problem. Maybe I need to study the craft of short stories.
I need help, people. Tips? Good short story anthologies to check out?