Does anyone remember those old Nair commercials with the women in Daisy Duke shorts dancing and singing “We wear short shorts / If you dare wear short shorts / Nair for short shorts?” (If you don’t remember the commercial and you don’t know who Daisy Duke is, I’m afraid that means I’m much older than you. Please bear with me. You can also click here to view the commercial.)
I always thought I liked longer shorts, but over the last couple months, I’ve come to a startling realization: I do dare to like short shorts.
No, I’m not talking about the clothing article that bares the entire thigh—sometimes more (trust me, no one wants to see me wear that :)) I’m referring to short, short stories (under 4000 words.)Kharma’s Way is special to me because not only is it the first short story I’ve written, it may also be the only serial story I’ll write (it topped 15,000 words). It was fun to do, but the development of it was involved, making sure all of the scenes flowed together. It was almost like writing a novel, only shorter. In fact, I spent so much time on this story, that my second novel had gathered a thick layer of dust.
I’ve written five shorter short stories in the last few months and I’ve found that they are so much easier to write because the story timelines are much tighter and I don’t have as many loose ends to tie up before the story ends. Some of them are almost like scenes. This is great for the times when I have a short attention span (which, sadly, is most of the time.)
I also like reading short, short stories because I like instant gratification – I want to know the conflict and resolution NOW. I don’t want to have to wait several weeks to discover how the story ends. This is the opinion of a person who has stayed up until two in the morning to finish a novel and gotten up at five o’clock to go to work. Not very smart, I know, but I was hooked; I couldn’t sleep until I knew how it ended. If only I could have stayed awake to remember it.
Tell me, do you like Daisy Dukes (short short stories)….
or Bermudas (longer/serial short stories)?