Writing Yearly Short Christmas Fiction
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is approaching like a train down a steep grade. So you wanabe writers, here is an idea, a yearly short Christmas fiction tale.
Numerous people have told me that they have always wanted to write a book, but they could not think of anything to write or they would get started and find they did not have enough of a story to qualify as a book. Well, writing short stories is a good way to get started, even if it is one a year at Christmas. Short stories can be submitted to magazines and periodic anthologies. A few years back, my Christmas story, The Pet Store Christmas Mystery, won first place in Weem’s Concept Christmas periodical. Gift of Silent Words was published in two different magazines a year apart.
Write and collect a number of short stories and have them published as an anthology. That is a good start. I started with Christmas fiction, one short story each year. That created a good writing foundation that expanded to novellas and novels. Most though not all of what I write is fantasy. However, you have a number of genres from which to choose. Your particular interests will dictate the kind of stories you write. But give it a whirl! Start with short stories and share them with family and friends, get their feedback, and learn from it. Hone your craft and, who knows, it might just lead to a great novel someday.
For my part, I grew up on Dickens’ Christmas Carol. I watched one version or another or several almost every year. As I got older I did watch one or more versions every year and collected quite a number of versions. My favorite to date is the version with George C. Scott playing the part of the miserly, mean-spirited Scrooge. My next favorite is the one with Albert Finny. Sadly, my whole collection is in VHS. Eventually I also found an old book containing all of Dickens’ Christmas stories, and have read all of them and a number several times.
Anyway, at some point while my kids were fairly young, due to Dickens’ influence, I started writing a yearly Christmas story. Some were cartoonish, such as Little Red Santa and Peep Learns a Lesson. Others were more serious, such as Gift of Silent Words and Little Swan. Some were fun, like The Last Mouse in the House. And one was an award winning mystery, The Pet Store Christmas Mystery. In Imagine Christmas I have collected twenty-one of them into an anthology of stories for the whole family.
When I would write a Christmas story I would read it to the boys, sometimes share it with the kids at church, and send it to my sisters, nieces and nephews. As the kids grew older so did the stories. That is why kids enjoy some stories…and adults enjoy them all! I have not written a Christmas story yet this year. If I do I will post it for you to read free like I did last year—would you believe, last year’s was Christmas fiction about a rock giant and a dragon.
I now have eleven books in print and several e-books. They are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets.
Have a “Merry Christmas” and a blessed New Year! And let me know what you think about writing short stories.