You wanna know what gets me off? What really turns me on? Writing an essay without changing the default size 11 Calibri font with no line spacing, and then changing it to size 12 Times New Roman with double spacing and seeing it grow from 3 to 5 pages. Yeah, that really gets me going.
So pumped. #mattnathanson #denver #gothic
This weekend felt like saying goodbye to summer
Holy shit! I just randomly happen to find your post about your short story being published, so I read it. THAT'S INSANELY GOOD!!!!!! I seriously want to show my English teacher! I kinda wanna write a book but I think I should start with short stories, do you have any feedback?
Wow! Thank you so much for sending this! I am so happy someone I don’t know has actually read my story and enjoyed it (and not out of obligation to say they liked it like my boyfriend). Feel free to show whoever you want. I am honored!
Anyway, in terms of writing, I think novel writing and short story writing can be quite different beasts to tackle but it’s worth trying both to see where you feel more natural. Short stories need snappy writing and need to drop you right into the action. Novels can let you really know a character and experience a world that is much more fleshed out. I’ve been writing scraps of fiction, lines of poetry, and journal entries every chance I could get since I could hold a pen. I had never tried longer form writing until I did something called NaNoWriMo in high school. You have to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November which basically forces you to write for several hours each day to reach 1,667 average words per day. It was tough but I’ve done it 6 times. Spoiler- they all turned out like crap. But it gives you a good idea of the shape and scope of a book and forcing yourself to get a first draft out. You can’t edit or publish what you haven’t written, you know?
I guess I’ve gotten away from my point, which is this. Try both! Try everything! Short stories are not, at least in my opinion, necessarily a stepping stone to writing novels but any kind of writing is good practice for writing. Read aloud, read other people’s writing. Learning how to compose good imagery, compelling characters, or anything marketable to the public takes time and certainly getting good at it in one genre will help you in another. I hope this answers your question!
If you’d like (and this goes for any of my followers!) I’d be happy to take a look at anything you’ve written or just if you want to chat through email. Send me a message!
I got published???!
My very first short story got published in an online literary journal. If you’re curious, here’s the link. I’d love to hear feedback :)