Writing Short Stories

I find myself having difficulty writing short stories. At first this kind of surprised me. Why when I am managing to write a 80k novel am I having difficulty getting a decent story mapped out that is around 6k words long?

I think the difficulty I am having is that I am spending too much time planning it out. The more I plan, the more plot/characters I think of. I then find I have something more in the novella range than in the short story range. So I think I am just going to strip all of the planning I have done on one short story into a very basic premise and just start writing it. Once I get it written there should be plenty of time to edit and revise and get just the right amount of story in it.

Anyone else have difficulty trying to write different lengths?

About Jakob Barnard

I live in Jamestown, ND where I work for RealTruck.com, a firefighter with the Jamestown Rural Fire Dept, and keep rather busy.
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