This is a topic on something I don’t know how to do.
Or a request for help.
How do you write a short story, and keep it short? My shortest story is really a novelette, not short enough to be a short.
And not every anthology is going to let me get away with writing a novella when they wanted a short.
In fact, most won’t. I’m no Jim Butcher or Larry Correia… and in fact, both those gents have mastered writing on time, to theme, and to word length. I’ve been working on all three, but as any of us know from resolutions to exercise and eat healthy and Do All The Things, working on everything means no meaningful progress on any single thing.
So shelving on time and on theme for a moment, putting aside the about-to-be-released novel that is my second short-story-that-oops-wasn’t, taking a deep breath and not looking at the stack of research for a novel WIP on the muck that comprises the deepest ocean floor (and glass sponges! So cool!), let me try to focus on your answers. How do you approach short stories such that they stay short?