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Old 06-22-2016, 01:28 PM
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I keep finding myself mired in revisions of what was supposed to be a short story. I start off with the intention of spending no more than a week on a story, but a couple of weeks later I'm still working on it.

Usually the problem is that after I begin writing, I discover the story doesn't work as I envisioned it.

Sometimes I don't finish the story at all.

I've tried outlining to address the problem, but the result is the same.

Part of the problem is that I start off writing a short story only to discover that the story I have in mind is too complicated for a short story.

I've read that some people recommend finishing a story in one sitting. My work and personal life rarely allow me enough time to do this, however.

Does anyone have any advice?



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Not sure if this is what you're after but if you want some quick successes to boost your confidence or whatever, you might want to write some flash fiction (under 1,000 words). You'd probably want to simplify to one main idea though.

Or, if your stories seem to want to be longer, you could just go with that and let them be that and let them take longer. As far as getting lost, Idk, maybe try writing the ending first?

Just a couple of thoughts there. Good luck with it.
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Hey again, Carly. Thanks for the tip.

That might be a good idea. I'll see if that helps.

Estimating length has never been my strength.

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