I adore writing short fiction. It’s the only way I can keep several pen names going concurrently and have time to ghostwrite short fiction as well.
Recently I did a Q & A with my Pro Fiction class (sorry, it’s invitation only) on writing short stories. A couple of the students weren’t keen on short fiction. They were new to self-publishing, so couldn’t see the benefits.
Let’s look at some of them.
Short fiction helps you to develop your self-publishing venture in various easy ways, including:
- Giving you the ability to publish short stories in between publishing novels and nonfiction books to clear your mind and relax;
- It’s fun: you can explore an idea in a short story within a few hours, then publish it next day;
- No-hassle, “free” marketing. With hundreds of thousands of books hitting the Kindle Store each month, advertising is not only expensive, it takes significant time away from writing. Your short fiction promotes your novels;
- A novel not selling? Bring it to life with a prequel/ sequel short story or novella. If you try this, you may get a big surprise—you may find that you’re developing material which turns a standalone novel into a trilogy, a brilliant new serial, or even an on-going series. This has not only happened to me, it’s happened to students as well. It seems that the more time you spend in a “world” the more ideas you get;
- When you have no time to write, you can find a few minutes to continue a story on your phone.
Write spare time short fiction, it needn’t be a huge commitment
One of my students tells me she writes short fiction in her car, while dropping the kids off for their after-school activities.
New to writing fiction? Many new authors prefer to write short fiction to build their writing muscles before they plan a novel.
Get started with short fiction, and benefit.
Write and publish a short story today
Copywriter and marketing pro Angela Booth maintains a busy copywriting and ghostwriting practice. Fascinated by online marketing, she wrote one of the first business books for internet marketing, published by Allen & Unwin. She’s been an enthusiastic blogger since the late 1990s.