When Stories Balloon

Since reading some Raymond Carver, I’ve worked with the idea that short fiction doesn’t have to be a mini-novel. It can be a scene. It’s given me the confidence to do knock some short stories out.

I’m working on one now that’s going to be for submission to one of the magazines Author Publish keeps emailing me about. It’s all on the More Writing is More Betterer Principle.

Anyway, I started working on this short, intending that it just be a quickie. But a lot of it is dialogue, and dialogue…balloons. Especially if you want there to be any realism to it. So it’s at 2,000 words and climbing.

Which is good, because that means it has a life of its own. But it tells me that I may have something to learn about evocative concision.


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