How different is writing a short story?
When starting a writing project I never really have a mind-set that this must be 80,000 words plus or any size really. Like most, I just work until it is done then edit up or down as required, usually down, just to keep the pace up and the pages turning.
However, writing short stories was a real eye opener. In the past I had written business books which were simple enough. A fantasy novel was my first work of fiction and like most fantasy books it turned into a bit of a monster. Then, I refined my skills greatly and wrote The Plague Doctor. Even then this started out at 126,000 words worth of grime and crime before finishing it at around 86,000, with a ton of backstory removed. The result was a fast paced book that everyone was pleased with.
Like most writers I’m working on sequels and other projects but my publisher suggested I produce some free short stories, simply so people can check out my writing style before they buy. I remember a novel I tried to start some years ago that would break down into the perfect set of stories. As a result The Squad B Archives were born.