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May 17, 2021

A Quick Spell RELEASE DAY! / The Challenge of Writing Short Fiction / Guest post / Patricia Josephine




Patricia did it again! She has another fabulous collection of stories told in exactly 200 words! I read A Quick Bite and loved every single story. They were all unique and fun. I have A Quick Spell on my Kindle right now and can't wait to begin. I think I'll set aside my current read so I can get to it right now. :)


Blurb:

Magic.
Myths.
Fantasy.

We are bewitched by what we can't see.

Conjure delight with a fantastical collection of tales. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to delight your imagination no matter how busy your day is.

Will you believe?


Buy Links:

Amazon


The Challenge of Writing Short Fiction:

You may think writing a 200-word story isn’t that challenging, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Some writers may actually say it’s harder than writing a full-length novel, and I know a few who don’t write shorter fiction because they can’t wrap their brains around it. Their muse only works in long form.

Writing short fiction is different from a novel. With novels, you have an unlimited number of words you can use to paint a picture for the reader. Short fiction you have restrictions on word count. You may only have 1000 words. You can even have as little as 50. When you have that limit, you are forced to choose more carefully. Your strokes have to be broader instead of going into minute details as you can with a novel.

The way I approach short fiction is similar to my novels. I just start writing. I figure out the story as I go and when I get to the end, I edit. I edit until the story is at the word limit I’ve imposed. That’s done by cutting descriptive words. The sentence doesn’t need the color of someone’s shirt for example. Thoughts the character has might get axed as well. If it doesn’t serve the basic story I want to tell, it can go.

Sometimes that doesn’t always work. Sometimes the story I’m trying to tell needs to be longer. When that happens, I stop worrying about word count and let it end as a novella or novel. I have a zombie apocalypse story I hope to release in the future that I initially intended to be 100 words. It ended at over 10,000!

Writing short fiction is a great exercise. It makes you think about word choices and their importance to the story. I encourage anyone who enjoys writing to give it a shot.



About the Author:

Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.


Social Media Links:

Website - https://www.patriciajosephine.com

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Newsletter - https://www.patriciajosephine.com/newsletter.html

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13460894.Patricia_Josephine

Amazon Author Page - https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UH7GAK0

Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/patriciajosephine

Draft 2 Digital - https://books2read.com/ap/xoOZX9/Patricia-Josephine


Please leave a comment for Patricia!


QUESTION: Have you ever tried to write fiction that's 200 words exactly (or less)?


9 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me, Chrys. Your current read won't be set aside for long since these collections are quick reads. ;)

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  2. Congrats to Patricia! I'm so impressed that she can write a collection of such short stories.

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  3. Many congrats Patricia on your new book. Sure to be a success.

    Yvonne.

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  4. Congrats on the new book, Patricia! I used to do a monthly "Fiction in 50" feature, and have a bunch of stories written in exactly 50 words. It's a great challenge and a lot of fun to fit a whole story into just a few words.

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  5. Congratulations. Like the cover.

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  6. I took a class on flash fiction once and I thought the idea of writing a story in just a few sentences was fascinating. It's something that's always been difficult for me though, but your tips definitely help. Thanks! And congratulations on the new book!

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  7. Congratulations Patricia. I have attempted short fiction in workshops, but it has never been anything I've pursued.

    Patricia, I'm impressed that a Yooper is drawn to urban fiction (I lived in Michigan for 11 years and loved the UP.

    https://fromarockyhillside.com

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