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Guest Blogger: M.K. Elliott
Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

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Short but Sexy

The short story is under-rated. When it’s good, it’s really good. A short story can pull you into its world within the first few lines, thrust you through intense drama and then surprise you at the end.

Examples of some hit short stories include Stephen King’s, The Stand, and 1408, both of which were made into hugely successful movies, and Edgar Allen Poe’s, The Pit and the Pendulum.

These days everything seems to want to be long. It’s as if some writers are in competition with each other, trying to see who can write the longest manuscript. But bigger doesn’t always mean better.

As author Mark Twain once famously wrote to his friend, ‘I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time.’

In many ways, writing a short story is harder than writing a novel. There isn’t the opportunity to hope the reader falls in love with the characters within a few chapters. Instead, the character must be big enough to be believed in and adored within a few paragraphs. The story needs to have a plot and the characters need to have a past, but this information needs to be filtered in and not simply dumped in one big heap.

Writing erotic short stories is sometimes even harder than writing non-erotic stories. Of course, the sex is important. It has to be smoking hot and it needs to happen within a few pages. However, this doesn’t mean that the story itself should be lost, or that the characters have any less depth or background.

Generally my short stories start with a situation: a woman gets into difficulties while out for a swim in a rough ocean, a man returns to his parents home to find the girl next door is no longer a little girl, a business man is accosted by a hot air hostess while on a long haul flight. Once I’ve got the situation sorted out, then the characters start to build in my mind. I ask myself who they are, what are their likes and dislikes—their favourite foods and music—how do they like to dress? Then I start to look into their past. What has happened in their past to get them into their present situation?

I like to end my stories with a happy-ever-after or a happy-for-now ending, but my favourite type of ending is a twist, something even I didn’t see coming.

The great thing about a short story is that it has such immediate gratification, both for the writer and the reader. There isn’t the six months writing the first draft, followed by another six months of revisions, then another six months of submitting before you even hear something. Writing short stories are fun, and getting the acceptances are even better.

So get writing everyone. Craft your short stories with the love you give your novels, but remember if less has ever been more, it is certainly true in a short!

Author Bio:

M.K. Elliott is the author of the bestselling short story collection, Rescued. A British author, she was born in Devon, England, where she now lives with her husband, two young daughters, a crazy Spanish rescue dog and four hens. Though she has a degree in Zoology, her true love has always been writing and she now works as a full time author. M.K. writes everything from contemporary romance to steaming hot erotica, and her love of travel and adventure is her main influence in her stories.

Rescued is available to buy from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you would like to know more about M.K. then please visit her Facebook Page. Her short stories also appear in the Kindle blog and eBooks, Everything Erotic.

11 comments to “Guest Blogger: M.K. Elliott”

  1. tammy ramey
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      · May 22nd, 2011 at 8:54 am · Link

    HI M.K.,
    thank you for the great advise. as someone that is just starting to write it is always helpful to have an established author give advise.



  2. M.K. Elliott
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      · May 22nd, 2011 at 9:53 am · Link

    You’re welcome, Tammy! Thanks for reading and best of luck with your writing endevours. M.K.



  3. June M.
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      · May 22nd, 2011 at 12:37 pm · Link

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love finding new to me authors to check into.

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com



  4. Stacy Wilson
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      · May 22nd, 2011 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Thanks, MK! I have yet to start my writing, but I am a sponge when it comes to advice from those who are in the know.

    I have yet to read your works, but I am in search mode now!

    Stacy

    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com



  5. M.K. Elliott
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      · May 22nd, 2011 at 5:27 pm · Link

    June — I love finding new readers as well, so it’s great to meet you.

    Stacy — the best way to learn is to do, so get writing! P.s. Love your email addy!



  6. Blaze McRob
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      · May 22nd, 2011 at 6:23 pm · Link

    Great post, M.K. While I am primarily a novel writer, I love doing short stories as well. They are refreshing. Whether it be a single short, a collection, or a short within an anthology, they are fun to read and fun to write.

    Have fun and fortune with both, my friend!

    Blaze



  7. Becky W
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      · May 22nd, 2011 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Great post. I enjoy reading short stories. M. K. you are a new author to me, I am going to check you out.



  8. M.K. Elliott
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      · May 23rd, 2011 at 3:24 am · Link

    Great to see you here, Blaze! You sure do get around the blogosphere!

    Hope you’ll check out my work, Becky. Feel free to get in touch. I always enjoy hearing from readers.



  9. savonna
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      · May 23rd, 2011 at 5:03 am · Link

    Great post MK! I will definitely keep it in mind when writing. I’m looking forward to checking out your book. I love finding new authors!!



  10. Nichelle Scott-Williams
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      · May 23rd, 2011 at 3:09 pm · Link

    I definitely love a short hot read. I am definitely going to check you out. :) :-P



  11. ella
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      · May 26th, 2011 at 11:35 am · Link

    looking forward to this one!!!