Recently someone commented on my blog that they were trying to write a short story and were trying to remember what I didn't like about Mutual Desire (a collection of three short stories) so as not to make the same mistakes. Also, other comments said that a lot of people tend to shy away from short stories because they feel there isn't enough time for plot and character development.
To all of this I say, you have not read Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews.
This book is, to me, a great example of a well written short story. It is an entire story, with a start, a middle, and an end. Complete with character backstory and development all in a short story format. I can't tell you exact page count because it is an e-book, but it's not that long.
I loved this story. The characters are real, the world is real and the passion between them is fiery.
I truly recommend that everyone read this just for reading enjoyment alone, but I especially recommend that you read it if you are interested in writing, whether short or novel length stories. Ilona is a great example of what TO DO.
This story is a futuristic/scifi romance. Here is the blurb:
Old hatreds die hard. Old love dies harder.
On Meli Galdes’ home planet, the struggle for power is a bloody, full-contact sport—in business and on the battlefield. For years her lethal skills have been a valuable asset in advancing her family’s interests. She’s more than earned her right to retire, but her kinsmen have one last favor to ask.
Kill the man who ruined her life.
Celino Carvanna’s razor-sharp business acumen—and skills with a blade—won him the freedom to do as he pleases. There’s only one thing he can’t seem to control—his reaction to the mysterious woman who tantalizes his senses. Her eyes alone set his blood simmering, stirring ridiculous adolescent fantasies about breasts and honey. With a few words she dissects his soul. Who is she? And how does she slide so easily under his well-guarded skin?
It’s almost too easy to draw Celino within the kill zone. Meli plans to revel in him. Drink him in. Wring every drop of pleasure out of every moment.
And when she’s sure he belongs to her, she will finally repay a decade’s worth of pain—in a single, brutal dose of reality.
You can buy this e-book at most e-book sellers.