I wonder if Ms. Parker ever faced the dilemma I am facing this week. In the last two days, I have written over 20 pages of, I believe, a short story. However, based on the following facts, I hesitate to use the label “short story:” this particular story does not seem to want to end; the characters in this story have taken up permanent residence in my every waking minute; the last time I was so inhabited by a character, I ended up writing a novella!
What’s the problem? you may well ask. Let me list the problems in order of my level of concern:
Problem 1: This particular story is unlike anything I have ever written. It appears to be a “romance?” It’s a little steamy, but it may just be trashy! I have no experience writing in this genre. For all I know, the descriptions of the close encounters are cliche, the circumstances unlikely, and the plot just plain silly (although, I have to admit, I am liking the dialogue so far). Continue reading