Imagine you’ve created something from nothing. You had an idea in your head; maybe you woke with it, maybe it was inspired by something, maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Until finally, you determined to flesh it out into something real, something memorable, something significant.
You spend hours at a time thinking about it, planning it out, considering all the variations it might take. Hours more working away at sculpting and smoothing, building and polishing. At this point, your investment is great: the emotion, the time, the effort, the trepidation.
But you’ve finished, and it’s good. It’s really good. You’ve created people, a world in which they live, lives for them to lead. You’ve told a story.
Sure you can show it to a few people. Likely people you know. And they’ll read it. Nowhere near fast enough. Too fast. And you’ll wait patiently on the outside, seething on the inside, for them to tell you that what you’ve written has somehow impacted them.
But you get one sentence.
“Yeah, it’s good.”
Or, “Well, now what do you do with it?”
Truth is, it doesn’t matter what they say, it’ll never be enough.
As writers, we have to settle for inner appreciation. Self-pride. And some sense of accomplishment.
But if you can share your work with the masses, get your message ‘out there,’ perhaps, it is possible to leave your mark on this world.
Romantic Shorts are not fine literature; they’re great stories. They are not epic tomes; they’re moments in time. They’re not carved in stone; they’re etched in memories.
But, whether you see us as a first step in your writing career, a measure of success, or a bucket list challenge, the fact remains that we respect and appreciate an author’s work. Because first and foremost, we’re writers.
It is my goal to transform Romantic Shorts from a stepping stone in a writer’s career to a destination. It is my plan to create something from nothing. I had an idea in my head; I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Until finally, I determined to flesh it out into something real, something memorable, something significant.
Welcome. And enjoy!
Alexandra Stacey Brown