Please welcome, Carol!
Carol may have grown up on Florida beaches, but her heart has always belonged to the mountains. Last year, she and her husband finally fulfilled her lifelong fantasy. They moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains. YAY!!!!! If she can curb her endless mountain gazing from her front door, she might get some work done on her next book. She still can't believe she lives in an area she loves so much.
Short story writing:
When I was first approached to write a short story, I was excited and a little nervous. I had the opportunity to be part of an anthology with a dozen authors that I admired and respected, but could I tell a full story within 2000 words? All of my writing career, I've been advised to expand my scenes, add more depth, and express more emotion. To keep a story brief seemed to go against everything I'd been taught. Naturally, I viewed this exercise as a personal challenge. It was time to prove I was worth my writing salt.
My next hurdle was to come up with an idea. My stories are generally set east of the Rockies. This anthology was to be true to the west. No mountain settlers for this group. I took another tentative step out of my comfort zone and settled on the Santa Fe Trail. I'd seen enough cowboy shows to know wagon trains headed west all the time. I now had the basis for my story.
As I began to place the "bones" of my story in place, I have to admit, it was difficult to not go into massive details. But once I got past the desire to tell the reader every aspect of the story, I relaxed and the story flowed.
It's my opinion that a short story is just that, a quick read that delivers a condensed version of a full-length novel. And to be honest, every now and then, I think a short story is just what a reader wants, a good story without elaborate description. Between you and me, I can't wait to be part of another anthology.
Where to find Carol A. Spradling
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