The Gamer Chronicles and Short Story Writing

July 23, 2016

Sam Peralta, the editorial director of the amazing Future Chronicles series of anthologies, has invited me to take part in The Gamer Chronicles, which is an anthology based on virtual reality and gaming. Think of Ernest Cline’s great book Ready, Player One. I’m writing a story about boy with a very different kind of dad.

One of the interesting things about writing this is that it is reminding me how difficult it often is to write short stories. I have the plot. I have the characters. I have the conflict and ending. But putting all those things together in a short narrative requires great care. I’ve already changed the story from present to past tense, and the opening scene to earlier in the protagonist’s life. So it’s a nice reminder to me that short stories are not simple things.

I do love writing short stories, though. There are a lot of ways to write a story, and finding the right one is one of my favorite things to do as I think about the story itself. It can be time-consuming, but it’s challenging and fun.

The Gamer Chronicles is slated for a release in September. More details coming soon right here.

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