Short Story Writing is an Artform Unto Itself

My guest post at the Short Fiction Writer’s Guild.

Short Fiction Writers Guild

Guest blog by Joshua Johnson

I am not gifted as such an artist. For more than a decade I tried to write standalone short stories only to find myself building them into novels. I never had the self-control to keep things short and to the point.

The biggest thing that got in my way was the worldbuilding. I wanted to create, and convey to the reader, the world into which I was throwing them.

It wasn’t until I created the world of Zaria and my Griffins and Gunpowder universe that I came to see short stories as something that I could use as worldbuilding in their own right.

I want to be clear: your short stories, even as worldbuilding, need to have a plot, characters, and story all their own. But writing multiple short stories in the same world as a novel has the distinct advantage that you can partially…

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About Joshua K Johnson

Josh is the author of The Cerberus Rebellion and The Hydra Offensive, Gunpowder Fantasy novels set in the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. He is currently working on a new novel set in the same world as well as The Centaur Incursion, Book 3 in the Ansgari Rebellion Series and Loyalty Betrayed, Book 1 in the Liberty Forged Series. He currently works full-time and has an 8-year old and a 4-year old to keep him busy.

Posted on April 8, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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