I can't believe more than a week has passed since the Rainforest Writers Retreat (sad face). I've managed to keep some of the momentum going. I've written 29 pages on a -- well, it started out as a short story. I'm hoping to trim it back to a comfortable short length during the editing/revising process.
When I started out with this one, I was trying to kill two birds with one stone. Many of you know that I find short story writing particularly challenging. I wanted to push myself to complete a short story in two weeks time. I know writing short stories will improve my writing (craft) and as I always like a good challenge.
The other stone has to do with a series I'm working on. I'm writing two books in parallel. I have to write them at the same time in order to get both right because, although the stories a set during times generations upon generations apart, both are tied to the same event. One book is set during the time that this event starts and the other is set in a much later time when the event is resolved.
Anyway, I'm getting close to a next phase in the journies of the two stories and needed to figure out the specifics of one race the characters encounter. They are called the bat-riders. The short story is about a young Findling who is called to stand at the edge. I won't say whether he becomes a bat rider or not (cause I don't want to give it away), but the process of writing this short has really helped me figure out the culture and these details will definately enhance to the novels, too. I count this one a success!
I'd love to hear how you all have used short stories to enhance your longer works and how you use shorter works, including Flash and Short Shorts, as a tools in general.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at NorWescon!!