Short Stories & Why I Like Them | Do Something New

I’m sat here on a cold and icy morning, tucked away in a corner of a library, and so it’s the perfect time to write a blog post. 🙂

Recently, I read a short story which I LOVED. It was called “Leave The Window Open”, written by Victoria Schwab. (If you wish to read it—and I highly recommend that you do—I’ve left a link at the bottom of this post.) It was a short story that was set in the world of The Archived, her YA series—and as I was reading it, I began to realise just how much I missed short stories.

For those of you who don’t know, I used to write short stories before writing full-length novels. In fact, this site is called joshuajstories because I originally posted short stories on here—they’re still on here, actually; you just have to scroll down a lot!

I used to write them because they took less time; you were able to be creative and express yourself in a story that perhaps took a couple of days, a week, or maybe even an afternoon—and, even better, people were able to read them in one sitting, and if they liked it, it felt like a nice little snack that they had grabbed during the day—quick and easy, and yet just as satisfying.

Of course, I love writing books. I wouldn’t be doing it as a job if I didn’t! But I do miss short stories, and after reading “Leave The Window Open” I felt inspired to do them again. I think it’s nice to be able to create another world and to be able to share your creativity with others in a short amount of time, and of course because of their length, short stories mean that you have to be more choosy about which words you select, because every word literally does count. I guess I slipped out of writing them after I started writing novels.

And so I’m going to try and write one a month now. Even if I just keep them to myself, I think it’s good to be stretch your writing muscles now and again, instead of sticking to your comfort zones—and I challenge you to do the same.

Of course, if you are not a writer, then try something else related to what you enjoy that perhaps you used to do, but that you don’t anymore—or just try something a bit different. If you usually read crime fiction, maybe try a contemporary? If you usually run indoors, maybe try running outdoors? If you usually eat Chinese when you order in, perhaps try an Indian instead? (Okay, I said that one because I’m hungry, but trying food from different cultures is important. 🙂 )

So, there you go. Thank you for reading, and let me know down in the comments your thoughts, or perhaps what you’re going to try this month.

See you soon and take care,
Joshua 🙂

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