Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Short Stories

17 Feb

It’s the middle of the week and that means it’s time for Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Welcome, everyone! I love short stories. I enjoy writing them and reading them as well. I have written several short stories for this blog, although it has been a little over a year since I wrote the last one. That’s because I’ve been so busy working on my Fantasy Angels Series and what little free time I have left after working on my series I use to work on my blog posts, social media, and blogging.

I haven’t had the time to write short stories in a while and that makes me sad because I love doing it. Anyway, I have gotten several new followers since I posted my last short story, so I decided to post the links to some of these stories. That way, those of you that have not read them can check them out, if you like.

A Town’s Perception

Murder She WrotePart 2, Finale

Raven’s Masterpiece

A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance, Part 2, Finale

The Writer Next Door

“I would also suggest that any aspiring writer begin with short stories. These days, I meet far too many young writers who try to start off with a novel right off, or a trilogy, or even a nine-book series. That’s like starting in at rock climbing by tackling Mt. Everest. Short stories help you learn your craft.”

~George R.R. Martin

“A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.”

~Neil Gaiman

“I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice.”

~Andre Dubus

“I find it satisfying and intellectually stimulating to work with the intensity, brevity, balance and word play of the short story.”

~Annie Proulx

Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen, have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

Enjoy your day! And don’t forget to read one of my short stories.

They will haunt you . . . 

29 Responses to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Short Stories”

  1. Ameena k.g February 17, 2016 at 3:57 am #

    I loved all of the quotes you shared especially the one by Andre Dubus. 🙂

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  2. olganm February 17, 2016 at 7:03 am #

    Thanks for the links, Vashti. I haven’t written a short story for a while either but yes, they are very good to keep the brain ticking and to hone one’s skills. I’m always impressed by people who excel at flash fiction, but it’s a bit too short for me.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 17, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

      You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy. I wrote ‘A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance’ and ‘The Cursed Tree’ in a similar language to the one I’m using in my Fantasy Angels Series. I did it to give readers an idea of what it would be like to read the series.
      I prefer the long short story myself. To write and to read. That being said, it does take a unique set of skills to hook a reader and come to a satisfactory conclusion with so little words.


  3. coldhandboyack February 17, 2016 at 8:02 am #

    I love short stories, and I enjoyed the cursed tree.


  4. stacilys February 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    “That’s like starting in at rock climbing by tackling Mt. Everest.”
    –Hahahaha. That’s so great. Love this one Vashti.
    That quote from Andre Bubus is excellent. It’s so true. Life is made up of many short stories. We go through and live them all.
    Hope you’re having a great week so far.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 17, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

      That is a good one. That part tickled me also. Andre Dubus blew my mind with this quote. He’s absolutely right, but I had never thought of it that way. Now that’s the only way I could think of it. 🙂
      So far, so good. Have a great remainder of the week!

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      • stacilys February 19, 2016 at 11:49 am #

        I bet your mind runs wild with this thought too eh. The thought of a life being made up of short stories. Hahaha.
        You have a wonderful weekend Vashti.
        🙂 ❤


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

        It’s not a bad thought. 😉 Thank you! You enjoy yourself. ❤ xx

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      • stacilys February 19, 2016 at 2:59 pm #


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  5. specialk718 February 17, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Good to remember to keep it short to begin with. I was planning a global research venture! No wonder I didn’t get started!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      Well, it’s good to walk before you run. You can start short and then slowly build.


  6. Silver Threading February 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

    Vashti, such great quotes. I agree. Writing a book is a lot of responsibility. Short stories are so fun. I love them too. I will have to backtrack and read some of your short stories. ❤

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  7. nagrij February 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    I’d have to agree with the quotes… starting with short stories helps ease you into how a tale should be told, and what works, before you start the epic.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

      Then we’re on the same page. 😉 My writing has improved since I began writing short stories. It really does help.


  8. aranislandgirl February 18, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    Great quotes Vashti. I particularly like the one by Neil Gaiman.

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  9. Marje @ Kyrosmagica February 19, 2016 at 6:17 am #

    Great bunch of quotes about short stories Vashti, have to agree with George R. R. Martin, I made a major error diving straight in and writing a novel wish I had written some short stories first !! They are a great way to learn the art of story telling 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

      Hi Marje! Yes, I totally agree. Writing short stories is great practice for writing a novel. It also helps you develop your writing style.

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  10. Gaye @CalmHealthySexy February 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi Vashti – I hope you’re having a great week. Thanks for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      Hi Gaye! It’s been a nice week for me. I hope you’ve had a good one too. Sharing with you is always fun. Thank you!


  11. JESS44903 February 27, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    These are definitely great tips! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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