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8 reasons you should be writing short stories


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Short stories, traditionally a starting place for many writers looking to make a break into professional publishing, are still an amazing way to stretch your creative talents and expand your readership. In the modern age of digital publishing, they’re a perfect way to balance life, writing, marketing, and creative development while bringing in some extra income.

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8 reasons you should be writing short stories

  1. 1. You Should Be Writing Short Stories Reasons 8
  2. 2. 1 Discoverability The more you write, the easier it is for people to find you. There’s more opportunities for your work to show up in someone’s Amazon recommendations, more chances for someone to review something you’ve done and spread the word that way.
  3. 3. 2 Multiple Price Points Having several 99-cent stories, maybe some novellas at $1.99, and your novel at $4.99. That makes plenty of price points to match up with any reader’s budget and eliminate excuses not to buy.
  4. 4. 3 Entry Points Short stories by nature, they’re short! A new reader can dive right into your writing style, setting, and characters without a huge commitment. And once you’ve got them reading, you can get them hooked and eager to dig into your longer work.
  5. 5. 4 Giveaways Short stories give you a practical way to offer more giveaways of your work. You can post short stories on your blog to draw new readers, offer story downloads to newsletter readers (a great way to build your email list!), and do Kindle freebies to build your readership.
  6. 6. 5 Practicing Your Craft and Trying New Things Give a short story a try. Because it’s less of a commitment than a full novel, you can experiment, practice, and fling around crazy ideas. Writing is a process of continual learning and growth, and even the failed experiments can help you become a better writer and build better relationships with your readers.
  7. 7. 6 Expanding Worlds and Backstories Is there a secondary character in your novel that you just love, but who barely appears on the page? Give him his own short story where you can explore his background, personality, and life outside nudging the main characters in your novel! You never know, you might wind up with a fan favorite and the seed of a new novel in your series.
  8. 8. 7 Pilot New Ideas or Characters Short stories are a good way to dip your toe into a new genre—or even just a new area within your genre, like moving from swords-and-sorcery fantasy to doing some urban fantasy—without making a huge commitment.
  9. 9. 8 Once you’ve written a bunch of short stories, you can collect them into an anthology. This links back to points #1 and #2, discoverability and price points. Including a couple of unpublished, brand-new stories will encourage readers to pick up the new collection by adding value and freshness. Create Collections
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