Story planning

In January I got my flash fiction collection out, and I was happy.

In February I re-published my short story, making it a free-range offering for the first time.

Now it’s been several weeks and I need to get myself on track for my March Publication. I really want to keep up with the goal I set for myself of getting something published every single month this year. It simply would not do to drop the ball only 3 months in.

So I’m at a crossroads of deciding what I should write. I won’t necessarily limit myself to working on only one of these projects, but I will have to have one be my primary focus or I won’t get anything finished. Here’s what I’ve got brewing…

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picture by jesuscm – flickr, cc-attribution

  • I’m working on another collection of flash fiction, which may or may not have a theme tying them together
  • I have some ideas for a couple of connected short stories in a sci-fi world. One of those (possibly two if I write fast) could hit the pages this month.
  • I’ve been outlining a story that is loosely based on traditional European fairy stories, though I would hesitate to call it an actual Fairy Tale retelling. It’s not so much a respinning of one tale as it is a new story in keeping with some of the thematic elements normally found in fairy tales.

I’m pretty sure I don’t have time to finish the Fairy Tale, which I think will end up being more novella length than short story. So it will either be flash fiction or sci-fi shorts.

Any votes? My Muse would be happy with any of it. I just need to choose quickly. 🙂


  1. I’m for all of it, lol. I tend lean to sci-fi short, but I love sci fi as well as fantasy. Whatever you do it will be great. You Go. I am so proud of you getting your stories out there.

    • Elizabeth says

      Thanks Juneta. I’m working on story planning for the SF right now. We’ll see how far I can get with it. My Muse definitely has ideas she wants to run with. 🙂

  2. I’d go for the connected shorts in the sci-fi world, specially if each one is a bit longer than any of the stories you have already published.. Kind of like training for the marathon (novel) by jogging a bit further around the block every day–every month, in your case.

    So glad you are publishing!

    • Elizabeth says

      I’m working on it. Right now I’m less concerned about doing MORE words than just building the consistency. One problem… what I thought was going to be a series of connected shorts is starting to feel more like a single novelette/novella. I need to figure out the story arc to see if they’d be best as episodes or just one connected story.

  3. I’m voting for the flash fiction collection! <3

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