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Mystery  Magazine (mysterymagazine) | 30 comments Mod
Why do you write short stories? Please introduce yourself and feel free to link to your stories or author pages!


message 2: by Liam (last edited May 18, 2017 06:01AM) (new)

Liam Leddy | 3 comments Hi Liam Leddy Short stories are my favourite staple reading -and writing - diet. Much maligned, neglected, under-rated by too many people. Be back later with links to all my books and outlets www.liamleddy.com


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Mystery  Magazine (mysterymagazine) | 30 comments Mod
I just sampled a few of your stories on Amazon. Nice writing! As for shorts being underrated, I think/hope that's all beginning to change now. Attention spans are shorter, reading devices are smaller (everything is getting smaller!), and I think authors are realizing it's easier to sell a story for $1 that they write in a week, versus $3 for a novel they slave over for a year..

Liam wrote: "Hi Liam Leddy Short stories are my favourite reading -and writing - diet. Much maligned, neglected, under-rated by too many people. Be back later with links to all my books and outlets www.liamledd..."


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Liam Leddy | 3 comments When my name Liam Leddy is Googled you will get Amazon and various other names. Google my name in conjunction with Amazon Kindle, Createspace, Barnes & Noble & Nook Apple, Kobo, Draft2Digital, Smashwords, Lulu, and so on you will go straight to my author pages for each
Liam


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Liam Leddy | 3 comments My own favourite short story authors lists are endless Roald Dahl, Lawrence Block, Stephen King, Saki, Tales of this that and the other Ah but that`s me started on ghosties and horror So...


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D.B. Kennison (dbkennison) | 2 comments Mystery wrote: "Why do you write short stories? Please introduce yourself and feel free to link to your stories or author pages!"

Greetings! I'm DB Kennison and I write mystery, romantic suspense, and thriller books. I've never written a short story but agree with the view that people are short on time these days and want something they can plow through quickly. I'm kicking around the idea of penning a short but like everyone else...I need the time. Here's my author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


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B.V. | 2 comments I've been writing short stories (mostly crime fiction, but other genres, too) for over ten years. Although my novels are detective fiction, it's fun using the short medium to dabble in a wide range of genres, subgenres, and writing styles. I've been fortunate enough to be published in various magazines and anthologies with a few awards along the way. I've been concentrating on the novels lately but hope to start penning more shorter works again because I do enjoy writing them so much. Here's my website: http://www.bvlawson.com/bibliography


message 8: by Mystery (new)

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Over the years I've read mostly mystery shorts, but I am reading a horror and a comedy anthology right now. It's a refreshing change. My favorite mysteries are often by authors from non-mystery backgrounds.

Liam wrote: "My own favourite short story authors lists are endless Roald Dahl, Lawrence Block, Stephen King, Saki, Tales of this that and the other Ah but that`s me started on ghosties and horror So..."


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Great to meet you DB!

You must have enough leftovers from all of your books for dozens of short stories. When I was editing my cozy, I had to "kill my darlings" and throw away entire chapters; I've been meaning to turn some of them into short stories one day.


D.B. wrote: "Mystery wrote: "Why do you write short stories? Please introduce yourself and feel free to link to your stories or author pages!"

Greetings! I'm DB Kennison and I write mystery, romantic suspense,..."



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Hi B.V,

I'm familiar with your work, of course. Glad to see you here!

B.V. wrote: "I've been writing short stories (mostly crime fiction, but other genres, too) for over ten years. Although my novels are detective fiction, it's fun using the short medium to dabble in a wide range..."


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I should probably introduce myself too. I'm Chuck Carter, I am the author of exactly one mystery novel under the name CF Carter (Death Of A Dummy - Cozy Cat Press), and several short stories, which I've been polishing and rewriting--but never submitting--for years. I'm the slowest writer in the history of the craft; I'm never satisfied with a sentence, and sometimes spend an hour re-writing it a dozen times before finally settling on the first version. Does all this effort result in a sparkling final product? Probably not. But it's a lot of fun!

I also publish Mystery Weekly Magazine with my wife, Kerry, who is the editor. She chooses the stories, corresponds with authors and sends out the contracts. I build the issues and design the covers, and distribute them in as many formats/channels as possible. I also take care of the website development.

I have a lot of questions myself about short story writing, so I'm hoping this group takes off.


message 12: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (maggie_king) | 2 comments Hi, I'm Maggie King and I love writing short stories. Thanks for starting this group.

My stories, “A Not So Genteel Murder” and “Reunion in Shockoe Slip” appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries anthologies. “Wine, Women, and Wrong” is included in the recently released 50 Shades of Cabernet: A Mysterious Anthology.

My website: http://www.maggieking.com

50 Shades of Cabernet:
Buy link: http://amzn.to/2mGudY1

Web site: https://www.50shadesofcabernet.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/50ShadesofCa...

Twitter: https://twitter.com/50ShdsCabernet

Virginia is for Mysteries:
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Virginia-Myste...

Virginia is for Mysteries, Vol. 2:
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Virginia-Myste...


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Abigail Shepherd (abiwriting) | 10 comments Hi everyone! My name is Abigail Shepherd, I'm a short story and YA fiction writer. I originally got into writing short stories simply as a way to grow my author platform and gain experience. I now believe all writers should do at least some short story writing; in fact, I wrote a blog post on the subject: https://bewritingblog.wordpress.com/2...
The experience that came with getting short stories published definitely helped me when it came to finding a publisher for my novel, which you can find here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1540...


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K.T. Rose | 1 comments Hello and thanks for having me in this group. I write dark fiction. I love writing short stories because it's fun, challenging and it keeps the creative juices flowing. I've released two horror anthologies and I blog flash fiction and short stories monthly at https://kyrobooks.com/. You can find me on
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kypub2007
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kyrobooks
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kyla-Ross/e/B0...

Buy links
A Trinity of Wicked Tales: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYDEART/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MYDEART/

Dark Designs from Kyrobooks is permafree!
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZY45JJM/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06ZY45JJM
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dark...
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id12...

Thanks and awesome to meet you guys :)


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D.B. Kennison (dbkennison) | 2 comments Mystery wrote: "Great to meet you DB!

You must have enough leftovers from all of your books for dozens of short stories. When I was editing my cozy, I had to "kill my darlings" and throw away entire chapters; I'..."


I love that idea! When I was cutting my teeth on book 1 and struggling, I realized that what I had was two books. That forced me to pick and choose what to eliminate and those chapters and snippets became the start of book 2.


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Welcome! I've read that anthology and enjoyed your story. Thanks for joining the group!

Maggie wrote: "Hi, I'm Maggie King and I love writing short stories. Thanks for starting this group.

My stories, “A Not So Genteel Murder” and “Reunion in Shockoe Slip” appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries a..."



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Maggie (maggie_king) | 2 comments Thanks for reading, and enjoying, our anthology.


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Abigail wrote: "Hi everyone! My name is Abigail Shepherd, I'm a short story and YA fiction writer. I originally got into writing short stories simply as a way to grow my author platform and gain experience. I now ..."

Long time no see Abigail! Loved your story, "Missing Mum"!

I liked your post, "Ten Reasons You Should Be Writing Short Stories," but I didn't see my own reason in the list. I like writing short stories because I enjoy starting and finishing a new project, but not so much all that tedium in between. So creating a short story provides me the same satisfaction as a 60k novel, without having to slave 4 months over those extra 56k words. In other words, I like variety. If I were an artist I wouldn't want to work on the same painting for 6 months, and I feel the same about writing.


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Kyla wrote: "Hello and thanks for having me in this group. I write dark fiction. I love writing short stories because it's fun, challenging and it keeps the creative juices flowing. I've released two horror ant..."

Welcome! And cool website..


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Abigail Shepherd (abiwriting) | 10 comments Aw thanks! That's a very good reason too- the middle of a novel can be such a slog, and you just don't get that with short stories. That's actually partly why I also write YA- the word count expectation is a lot shorter.
I hope to have another mystery story for you to look at soon which I hope you'll like! 😉


message 21: by Mystery (new)

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Abigail wrote: "Aw thanks! That's a very good reason too- the middle of a novel can be such a slog, and you just don't get that with short stories. That's actually partly why I also write YA- the word count expect..."

I'm sure Kerry will love it. Your last story made me laugh, which is rare in a mystery. Honestly, we do get so many of the same type of submission; fun, well-written little stories really do stand out.


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Abigail Shepherd (abiwriting) | 10 comments Thanks, I'll bear that in mind!


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Verge LeNoir | 3 comments Hey gang,

For some strange reason I've got invited to join this group. (hardly ever happens) Anyway, I go by the ridiculous pen name of Verge Le Noir and I mostly write crime fiction. I love writing short stories because in the short story format, you don't have time to meander about aimlessly, they can be challenging, but mostly--they're buckets of fun to write.

Mystery Mod, thank you for starting this community and thank you for the invite.

Some of my short fiction is here: BULLET BITES BACK: https://bulletbitesback.blogspot.com/...


message 24: by J.R. (new)

J.R. | 3 comments Thanks for starting the group. You probably won't get rich writing short stories, but they're good training, fun to write (and read) and help build recognition for a writer. I've written a ton (more written then published, but I keep sending them out). I'm proud to say I've been published in Mystery Weekly; a great magazine and Kerry is good to work with. I'm also a past president of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, a group dedicated to advancement of the short story and which annually awards the Derringer in a number of categories.


message 25: by B.V. (new)

B.V. | 2 comments I want to add a big thanks for starting this group, by the way! Short fiction often gets short shrift, so it's nice to have a place to share, promote, and support the genre. And we definitely appreciate pubs like Mystery Weekly who help "keep the dream alive." :-)


message 26: by Susan (new)

Susan Keene | 1 comments HI, thanks for inviting me to join your group. I've settled on cozy mysteries as my genre, although I have written 4 children's books, a Crime suspense, and a romantic suspense. My new book, Finding Lizzy Smith is the first in my cozy series, the Kate Nash Mysteries.
I love to hear about and from fellow writers and readers who love mysteries.


message 27: by Ralph (new)

Ralph | 4 comments Until around 2012, I wrote short stories almost exclusively. From the end of the Sixties till then, I wrote about 600 (plus or minus) short stories, about half of which saw print in magazines, some well known (e.g., Aboriginal and Amazing Stories), many lesser known luminaries of the Small Press (e.g., Space & Time and Holmesian Federation), but most in "micro-magazines," small press efforts that folded after one or two issues. My greatest activity was during the Eighties and Nineties. I gathered some of those stories into "Beneath Strange Stars," and also published some Sherlock Holmes-themed stories in "Sherlock Holmes: The Coils of Time & Other Stories" and "Sherlock Holmes: Cthulhu Mythos Adventures." Since 2012, I've concentrated on novels, mostly steampunk, mystery and YA adventure.

If anyone is interested, here's my Amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/Ralph-Vaughan/...


And I also have a blog that I've been writing erratically since I retired:

http://bookscribbles.blogspot.com/

Thanks for inviting me. I look forward to exchanging views and ideas with fellow fans of short fiction.


message 28: by Mystery (new)

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Verge wrote: "Hey gang,

For some strange reason I've got invited to join this group. (hardly ever happens) Anyway, I go by the ridiculous pen name of Verge Le Noir and I mostly write crime fiction. I love writi..."


Welcome Virgilio! You were invited because you write interesting short stories. No mystery there..


message 29: by Mystery (new)

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J.R. wrote: "Thanks for starting the group. You probably won't get rich writing short stories, but they're good training, fun to write (and read) and help build recognition for a writer. I've written a ton (mor..."

Thanks, John. We have a lot of respect for you and your stories!


message 30: by Mystery (new)

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B.V. wrote: "I want to add a big thanks for starting this group, by the way! Short fiction often gets short shrift, so it's nice to have a place to share, promote, and support the genre. And we definitely appre..."

Thanks, B.V! That means a lot coming from you; not many people have done as much for the community as you have with In Reference To Murder.


message 31: by Mystery (new)

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Susan wrote: "HI, thanks for inviting me to join your group. I've settled on cozy mysteries as my genre, although I have written 4 children's books, a Crime suspense, and a romantic suspense. My new book, Findin..."

Hi Susan, welcome to the group! Cozies are also my favorite genre too. I also run a site called cozyfan.com .


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J.R. | 3 comments Mystery wrote: "J.R. wrote: "Thanks for starting the group. You probably won't get rich writing short stories, but they're good training, fun to write (and read) and help build recognition for a writer. I've writt..."

Thanks.


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Ralph wrote: "Until around 2012, I wrote short stories almost exclusively. From the end of the Sixties till then, I wrote about 600 (plus or minus) short stories, about half of which saw print in magazines, some..."

Welcome Ralph! What an impressive biography.


message 34: by Micki (last edited May 20, 2017 07:48AM) (new)

Micki (micki_browning) | 1 comments I probably shouldn't follow Ralph... waves*... 600, very impressive indeed!

I've found that writing short stories allows me to experiment--and if the experiment doesn't work, the time invested is minimal. It encourages me to push beyond my personal comfort zone. I've had my stories published in Mystery Weekly Magazine and two anthologies. Out of the five stories I've tried to place, four have been picked up, and the other won an award online, so I feel very fortunate.

That said, I tend to write long. My debut novel, ADRIFT, launched in January.

I spent more than 22 years in law enforcement and retired as a commander. You can find me in all the usual places, but my personal website is at www.MickiBrowning.com


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Martin Hill (martinroyhill) | 1 comments Hi, all. Thanks for the invite. My name is Martin Roy Hill and I write both novels and short stories. Why short stories? The story itself dictates the length. Some stories simply don't warrant a full novel treatment. I expounded on this in a blog post some time back. If you'd like, you can find it here: http://www.martinroyhill.com/martin-s...

I also like to have multiple writing projects going on at the same time. That way, if I get blocked on one, I can switch to another until the block is resolved.


message 36: by Mystery (new)

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Micki wrote: "I probably shouldn't follow Ralph... waves*... 600, very impressive indeed!

I've found that writing short stories allows me to experiment--and if the experiment doesn't work, the time invested is ..."


Hi Micki.

That's a great track record for acceptance; it means you're good, not that you're fortunate.

Remember that when a publication says they have a 5% acceptance rate, that's taking ALL submissions into consideration, including poorly written stories which make up 70% or so of the slush pile. So a strong writer's odds would be closer to 15%. And if he or she avoids submitting stories with hackneyed themes or inappropriate content, the chance of acceptance soars to 50%. So I really believe that if you submit original, well-written stories, your odds are 1 in 2 :)


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Martin wrote: "Hi, all. Thanks for the invite. My name is Martin Roy Hill and I write both novels and short stories. Why short stories? The story itself dictates the length. Some stories simply don't warrant a fu..."

Hi Martin.

Welcome! Interesting blog post about over-writing stories.

I think it partially depends on the type of story. Some readers prefer character-driven stories with purple prose and flashbacks, while others prefer fast-paced plot-driven stories. The problem is when a plot driven story is over-written, and vice-versa...

I also suspect writers stretch out their stories when a publisher pays per word :)


message 38: by Col (last edited May 22, 2017 12:17PM) (new)

Col (col2910) I'm a reader and don't write, but I enjoy the format and sometimes I'll struggle to get into a book, so an author one-off or collection or an anthology gets me over the hump.

Curious - at what point does something cease to be a short story and become something else? Novella? Any rules?


message 39: by Eric (new)

Eric Ruark | 2 comments Hello. My name is Eric B. Ruark. I write mysteries -- regular mysteries and scifi mysteries. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine has published a couple of my short stories. Currently I have two scifi/mystery novels for sale on Amazon.com where I also have some of my short stories for sale either in collection or individually. (Here's the link to my Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...) I'm also offering anyone who's interested a free read of my novel, Murder Beyond The Milky Way on Inkitt. (Here's the Inkitt link: https://www.inkitt.com/EricRuark?ref=...)


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Verge LeNoir | 3 comments Col wrote: "I'm a reader and don't write, but I enjoy the format and sometimes I'm struggle to get into a book, so an author one-off or collection or an anthology gets me over the hump.

Curious - at what poin..."


Hey Col, what dictates the label of a piece is the word count, at least that's how I understand it. Like so:

A Novel= 50.000 to 110.000 (ideally you'll want 70.000 words).

Novella= 20.000 to 50.000 words

Short story= 1.000 to 9.000 words.

Hope that clears things a bit. Good to see you on here.


message 41: by Col (new)

Col (col2910) Verge wrote: "Col wrote: "I'm a reader and don't write, but I enjoy the format and sometimes I'm struggle to get into a book, so an author one-off or collection or an anthology gets me over the hump.

Curious - ..."


Cheers - ok not being pedantic (honest) what's 9001 - 19999 get ya?


message 42: by Verge (new)

Verge LeNoir | 3 comments As I understand it those are not arbitrary numbers, more like ballpark numbers. If you have a 9001 words story, after editing, then I would still put it in as a short story category. Same goes for the 19999 words novella. That's why writers tend to go a little over those suggested numbers because one needs to consider the editing phase in which you'll either take or add words, phrases, paragraphs etc. That's why is suggested that a novel be at least 70.000 words.


message 43: by Mystery (new)

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HI Eric! I'm reading through "Murder Beyond The Milky Way" right now; I haven't reached the mystery yet (being only a few pages in) but so far the writing is brilliant. It's nice to read something a little different!


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Eric Ruark | 2 comments Mystery wrote: "HI Eric! I'm reading through "Murder Beyond The Milky Way" right now; I haven't reached the mystery yet (being only a few pages in) but so far the writing is brilliant. It's nice to read something ..."

Thank you. I hope you enjoy the rest of the book. Do Androids Weep Magnetic Tears is the sequel to Murder and I'm currently working on the third book in the series. I was having a problem in the third book deciding whom to murder. (My friends have been teasing me about this.) I didn't want to kill off a main character (as in Game of Thrones), but I needed to kill someone that the main characters could react to. I was inspired by Sam Spade's reasoning in Maltese Falcon when he explained why he followed up on Archer's murder. Anyway... enjoy Murder and thank you again.


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Zara West (zara_west) | 3 comments Hi everyone,

Just joined. I love short story mysteries so this sounds like a group for me. I haven't written any yet, although I have written flash fiction horror stories, and I also write romantic suspense. It will be fun finding out what kind of mysteries everybody likes and discovering some new anthologies and magazines.


message 46: by Mystery (new)

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Zara wrote: "Hi everyone,

Just joined. I love short story mysteries so this sounds like a group for me. I haven't written any yet, although I have written flash fiction horror stories, and I also write romanti..."


Nice to meet you Zara!


message 47: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Jones (cindymjones) | 1 comments Thank you for inviting to this group. I've only had one short story published. I write creative nonfiction pieces for my blog. I'm not sure what category to put them in. I enjoy reading mysteries, suspense, thrillers and some horror.

My name is Cindy and I blog at: http://cindymjones.com/fear-fighting-....

Looking forward to learning from all of you.


message 48: by Leo (new)

Leo Borgelin | 2 comments Wow this group is packed! My name is Leo Borgelin and I write short stories because other people like them.


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Melvyn (melsmall) | 1 comments Mel Small. Writer of books. Founder of www.indipenned.com


message 50: by Karl (new)

Karl -- Hello You'all. My name is Karl, I don't write books, however I do at times review them here on GR. I don't read e-books (a personal lifestyle choice), I enjoy short stories. I joined the group as I noticed Jen Conley was a member here, and I just discovered her wonderful writing. --


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