In my experience, writing short stories is a lot harder than you might imagine. I’m sure some people can knock out a cracking tale out in a few minutes… but I’ve never been one of those people. Instead, I’ve spent several years trying to master the technique of creating the perfect short story, and I’m still miles off nailing it yet.
My agent sent off one of my books on submission a fortnight ago. It’s exciting (albeit daunting) to know that it’s going to be read by some publishers. It’s also the moment when you psychologically prepare for a long wait.
Yes, another one. Allow me to explain…
Apologies for the radio silence in recent weeks. The frenetic combo of home-schooling (COVID), work, editing and life in general knocked me out of sync. 2020 – it’s been the year no-one’s likely to forget in a hurry!
This COVID-19 lockdown has been a funny time, hasn’t it? Obviously not ‘funny ha-ha’, but funny as in downright strange. I don’t know about you, but my mood has flip-flopped from cheery to despairing, from bored to accepting, and pretty much every other emotion in between.
About three years ago, I started writing a novel that I laughingly referred to as my ‘unpublishable book’. It was wildly strange, with an ambiguous, untidy ending, and it broke a lot of rules.