Looking at my author page www.scottandrewbailey.uk there is one gaping hole. There are no short stories.
I have written quite a few in the past but it was some time ago and they need some editing and polishing before I put together a collection. In the meantime I have decided I need to start writing some new ones.
Short stories are the form I find most challenging – and that I most want to get a grip on.
So I have decided to set myself a challenge and give myself a proverbial boot up the jacksy!
I recently joined a local online writing community and one of the members posted a list of genres – which he is trying to write a story for each. I have appropriated that list but extended it terms a bit. To each genre I have added a constraint – that will make the writing harder but hopefully spark a better creation. So for example one of the options is an action story. So my constraint for that one is to set it in a confined space.
I am posting this list here and will post links to the relevant stories if and when I write them – and its a big if one this one.
But I also thought others might like to take up the challenge. If you do I am happy to post links to your resulting works of art here beneath each section.
I am going to try to work through in the order posted but that’s optional and if I get inspired I may skip to a particular one.
Here is the list
- Action – set in a confined space
- Confined – by Scott Bailey
- Comedy – about an act of terrorism
- Crime – Set in a police station with CCTV watching
- Erotica – set in an un-erotic place – such as a sewer
- Espionage – set in either MI5 headquarters or a cell
- Fantasy – Set in a shopping centre
- Historical – Set in the future
- Horror – A children’s story
- Noir – based around colours
- The Red Umbrella by John Eccles
- Political – In a hippy commune
- Post-Apocalypse – In a book club
- Romance – In a divorce court
- Sci-Fi – In neolithic times
- Space Opera – From a droids POV
- Superhero – In medieval times
- Thriller – In a Cricket or bowls match
- Western – From Native American POV
- Whodunnit – With no apparent crime
Let’s see what happens.