New Short Story in the Works!

I have completed a new short story. It hit me a few days ago, and I came off the novel I have been writing since September to make this new idea materialize. Not to give spoilers, but it is my first Science Fiction piece. The tale involves the future of social media.

I love writing short stories because there is no room to worry about anything except the “Wow” factor. Setting descriptions, structuring, and character development happen at hyper speed, exposed on the run if you will, and the story jumps out at the reader (if you do it well).

In fairness, novel writing is a longer, more “loving” process, no less enticing for the author, just different. There is still the immediacy scene by scene, but there is an overall linking mechanism one has to keep aware of, plot-thread to thread, foreshadowing to payoff. In paraphrase, Stephen King once called short stories affairs and novels marriages. I have found however, that those “marriages” can be wonderful, mysterious experiences, since I never outline. While that may be like jumping off a cliff and hoping for a hang glider, it keeps things exciting. I might have something in chapter three that I find a use for in a different context in chapter twenty-nine. And the fact that I didn’t necessarily see it until later in the process might indicate it won’t be telegraphed to the reader either! While short stories are M-80’s we all love for the pop and roar, novels are fireworks displays requiring intricate preparation.

I came off the novel-in-progress ‘Dead Red’ last week because there was an idea I had that hit me with the kind of force ‘How Bria Died’ had when I conceived it back in 2007. Time to light the M-80. The new short story is called ‘Soul Text,’ and I look forward to seeing where I might place it.

About maronovitz2015

Michael Aronovitz published his first collection titled Seven Deadly Pleasures through Hippocampus Press in 2009. His first novel Alice Walks came out in a hardcover edition by Centipede Press in 2013, and Dark Renaissance Books published the paperback version in 2014. Aronovitz’s second collection, The Voices in Our Heads was published by Horrified Press in 2014, and The Witch of the Wood, came out through Hippocampus Press in early 2015. Aronovitz’s first young adult novel Becky’s Kiss will be appearing through Vinspire Press in the fall of 2015 and his third hard core adult horror novel titled Phantom Effect will be published by Night Shade Books in the fall of 2015. Michael Aronovitz is a college professor of English and lives with his wife and son in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
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