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Writing short stories by Yvette M. Calleiro
For those of you who haven’t read Breathless- A Short Story yet, this is my first short story ever written, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. I wrote it as a personal challenge for the 2020 #RRBC 90-Day Alpha/Omega Short Story Writing Contest.
Writing short stories is not easy. You may be shaking your head and thinking it must be easier than writing a 75,000+ word story, but I would disagree. You see, there is this tiny little word that taunts and traumatizes me, and that word is short. Short stories must be short, and as a fantasy writer, I was used to quite the opposite.
Short stories are shackled to such a small word count that a reader can almost begin and end the story in the ads that interrupt YouTube videos. (Okay, I’m exaggerating just a tad, but not by much.) They don’t leave much room for backstories and subplots or multiple characters and their subplots. Word choice must be scrutinized and dissected to make sure that each word is worthy of the count it adds to the overall story. It’s pure torture, I tell ya!
Luckily, I survived the process. Some may even say I thrived, but let’s not get carried away. The truth is I cheated (shhh… don’t tell anybody). This short story isn’t a standalone story. It’s just the beginning of a journey for one of the characters. And once you read it, you will be thanking me for wanting to write a full-length novel for him. 😉
So, without further ado, here is Breathless, A Short Story:
What if the fairy tale kiss that always awakens the damsel in distress takes a sinister turn? What if prince charming’s kiss no longer produces a happily ever after?
Silena’s infatuation with William hits a speed bump when he rejects her. After all, she is just a maid, and he is a young, rich aristocrat in the 1920s. Why would he have any desire to waste his time with the help?
On one particularly lonely day, Silena calls upon her magic to transform into a sexy flapper for the night. Her dream to enjoy one night with William is finally in her grasp, but her magic comes with consequences that neither William nor Silena could ever imagine.
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About Yvette M. Calleiro
Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). She’s also been known to ride the stationary bike at her gym for hours while reading anything from paranormal to fantasy to suspenseful thrillers.
When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school reading and language arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.
Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her beautiful son who enjoys paranormal and adventurous stories as well. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.
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