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.
Last year, when I was asked by author and now publisher, C.J. Ellisson, if I wanted to get involved in her new project, a paid-for Kindle blog called Everything Erotic, I jumped in with a definite yes! Where better to showcase excellent erotic short stories than on a blog delivered daily, direct to the Kindle? This sort of read is for people who want something they can jump in and out of—something to brighten up that commute to work, or fill in that fifteen minute coffee break with something far more titillating that the daily news report.
More successful erotica authors jumped on board, each offering something a little different; on-going serials, sex toy reviews, non-fiction sex articles. Before long we had so much fantastic material it only made sense for us to start putting all the great work together in monthly eBooks, which are all now available to buy for anyone who has missed out on our earlier Kindle posts.
For me, I stuck with the short stories, enjoying the freedom writing them gave me. Whatever sexy thought was going through my head that month, I was able to develop into something short and sexy for that month’s Everything Erotic Kindle post and eBook.
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.
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! And if you’d like to read my short stories, together with a whole heap of seriously sexy content delivered right to your Kindle, make sure you get yourself a subscription to the Everything Erotic Kindle blog! It’s only $0.99 per month AND the first two weeks are free!
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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.