It’s easy to start small. I really got into writing from storytelling. There’s nothing like performing a tale where you can change your voice and really make people feel the words that come out of your mouth. But there’s a huge difference between storytelling and writing.
I’ve spent a great deal of time learning how to acclimate my stories and translate them onto a page. It’s like a different language. Most of the oral traditions that I’ve stuck with were short enough to fit into one simple telling. (We all know that great Epics like the Iliad and the Odyssey were originally spoken and and would last a while, but I’m not that talented. haha) Whereas writing takes many different sit downs.
When my children’s book was picked up by a publisher, I started writing more. Children’s books are fun, but the short stories I delved into were way higher concept. Imagination is never something I’ve lacked. Writing skills were what I had to build.
I’m still building them.
It’s been a great process. Every rejection, every editing session has given me more insight into the art of writing.
Recently whenever I sit down to shape a story, it grows larger than I expected. Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while know that my Space Opera Novella was supposed to be no more than 5k words. But I couldn’t stop writing it and the monster grew to a substantial length.
This is becoming more common as I continue to write new stories. When I first attempted to write a novel, the idea of completing 70k words scared the crap out of me. Now I’m kind of done with the brief simpler stuff.
I get so involved with the characters and their world that I don’t want to just pop in and out. I need to savor their experiences and live with them for a while. It takes longer for me to produce new tales, but I’m still writing at the same rate.
I wonder if other writers have begun to experience this. Do we eventually move on from short stories? Has anyone else experienced this?
It feel weird, but exciting so I’m up for it.