The (3) novels that Ive been working on started out as an attempt to write a short story that almost immediately snowballed into a novel.
Do I ask too many questions? Do I understand what a short story is? For the latter question, Im beginning to think I dont have a clue. When I try to reign myself in, I end up with something more akin to a “vignette” rather than a story. I always start with a character and visualize a scene they are in, but when I start doing the basic work of figuring out why and what, it goes off the charts and suddenly Im dealing with something far bigger.
Is there a formula that I can use to keep a short story in line? What questions do I need to ask of myself to write a short story? And how can I write a short story that has “meaning” or at least a purpose in it?
You’d think with all the writing Ive done in my life, Id have figured this out…but no…