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Outside the Square - Writing Publishable Short
Boost Your Writing Income and get Paid to Write
You Write Short Stories?
by Lee Masterson
Many novel writers avoid writing shorter fiction. Some
believe it might distract them from focusing on longer
works, while others find that the more concise style
needed for short fiction doesnt allow them the
freedom to explore the characterizations deeply enough.
There are also plenty of writers who mistakenly believe
that the short story markets are dwindling so they simply
The truth is, there are always markets for short fiction.
Even if you choose never to sell your flash fiction there
are plenty of great reasons to try your hand at this form
There are so many advantages for novel writers in the
short fiction markets that can actually help your writing
Short stories can be an excellent way to build a
published portfolio for any writer. Not only can they
give future editors an idea of your writing style, but
short stories can help to introduce new readers to your
While the pay for short stories isnt high, there
are other benefits to attempting shorter-length fiction
work. Having your short story included into an anthology
or collection of short stories can be exciting. You could
choose to enter your short fiction into any number of
writing contests. Youre also able to re-sell a
short story as a reprint to a different publication at a
Perhaps the biggest benefit to writing short fiction is
using a character you created for a novel-length piece to
give you a clearer insight into a part of the character's
past. You could choose to give a character from your
novel a specific task to complete outside of your main
story and turn this task into a new short story on its
own. You might even decide to write a short story to
introduce your fictional world to potential new readers
Having a short story accepted for publication into a
magazine, periodical or ezine can be a huge boost in
confidence for any writer. Spending so much time and
effort writing a novel can often reduce confidence levels
in your own talents and abilities. This is where writing
short fiction can help to keep your moral levels high.
Editing short stories can be particularly challenging.
Word limits can be restrictive when you want to tell your
story as clearly as possible while still keeping the
conflict levels high. This can mean that by cutting your
words too far you risk losing the depth in your tale, but
not cutting enough can mean losing the crispness you were
No matter what reason suits you best, learning to write
short fiction can be a great way to hone your writing
skills. With shorter forms of fiction youre
restricted by your word counts. This means learning to
tell your tale using a minimum amount of words can test
your ability to tell a story concisely.
While there are plenty of good reasons to write short
stories, the biggest reason of all is that it should be
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