For the past month, I put aside blogging and writing and spent time reading through my stories. One of the goals I had for this time was to decide on the top writing project for 2016.
Time to focus.
I have a problem: I can’t resist a good short story idea. They come to me from everywhere. I write them, and some of them I share. The rest I file away and plan to publish as a collection one day.
And though I love the craft of writing short stories, I realized during this writing hiatus that I might be using that love as an excuse to get out of the harder stuff (hard for me, at least) that comes with writing a long story.
So, I chose one of the four stories that I have in my “Novels” file and decided that this story would be my focus for this year.
How did I come to my decision? I asked myself several questions:
- Which story will show off God’s goodness, wisdom, and love?
- Which one did I write because it is the kind of story I want to read but cannot find?
- Which story will be interesting enough to people who are not me?
- Finally, do I sense that God will be pleased with me spending hours of His time on it? I may want to write it — really, REALLY want to write it — but are things pointing to God wanting me to write it? Am I feeling a sense of His peace and purpose about it?
I felt good about all of my stories as I answered the questions, but the second question pointed me to the story of Lena and her family.
Now, if I get the urge to write a short story, even if I think it’s “the most fabulous story idea EVER” and “I MUST get to it RIGHT NOW” … I will wait until I have spent an adequate dent in my novel writing time.
Sounds like a good deal, yes?