I’ve written my first short story and decided to revisit the world from my debut novel, Autumnal Dancer. The process was so much easier in short story version, except I felt like the polishing took so much longer.
Is this backwards? Maybe. The easy part was getting the story wrapped up in the outlined word count. I knew what I wanted to happen, who I wanted to end up where. What was much harder than I imagined were the details and deciding exactly how much the reader needed to know. How much backstory from the first book should I give? How dynamic should the characters be? Should their growth take place before we meet up with them again, during the short story, or both? Exactly how much should I want a reader to see and how much do I want to be inferred?
What I got in the end was something I am very proud of. To take a look you can click here.