Do This, Not That!


I often catch myself intending to start out writing a short story and before it’s all over with, I want to turn it into a novel.

According to the rules of writing, short stories are supposed to be limited to the point-of-view of the protagonist(s).  Well, here’s the problem with that:  I want to write from various points-of-view and according to the writing rulebook, you can only do that in novels.  I guess it’s the law enforcement officer (LEO) in me that wants to get all sides of the story.  That’s what a good LEO does when a crime has been committed to ensure that justice is served.  It’s in my blood, I can’t help it.

The story I’m currently working on to submit to the Black Library has the makings of an awesome short story if I do say so myself.  I’m not trying to pat myself on the back; I’m just stating a fact.  The problem, aside from that little writing rule spoken of in the above paragraph, is that I have so many details I want to add to the story in order to tell what I consider is the WHOLE story.  If I go ahead and do that, it will no longer be short enough to actually fit into the short story category.  UUUGGGHHH!

I suppose I’ll hunker down and write this from the point-of-view of the heroes and keep it brief enough to be considered an appropriate short story.  I’m not going to like it, but that’s what I’ll do.

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