If nothing else comes from the short story that I'm writing, I know the opportunity to flex my writing muscles and try something new is a valuable exercise. Just looking over the first two chapters of the new short story I'm seeing that my style for this is completely different.
I'm not going to pretend that a reader will notice, but I've certainly felt like my writing is different. My character descriptions are much longer, more in depth. I'd like to think they're not out of place and that they enhance the story, but I will say it's a lot deeper than The Paladin.
This got me thinking. I wonder if I should play around with other styles in short stories. The Paladin is speculative fiction, Urban Fiction. It follows a few rules and has a style dictated by the contents. Likewise, my newest short story is both high fantasy and a mystery. The world, the way I describe people and events, even just the dialogue, it's all completely different from The Paladin. So perhaps I should try other genres, just as exercises.
What do you think? Actual horror? High adventure? YA? Romance? Sci-Fi? I suppose I should finish the story I'm working on before I look at the next one, but I am a writer. I'm always thinking about the next story. And the one after that. And the one after that. I think I'm very much looking forward to what I can try out in the next story.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.