I don’t normally find short stories hard to write. In fact, they are often a welcome break, in part for their ease. The harder job is going through the polishing process.
Today I finished the first and second drafts of my latest short story (The Comfort of Beanbags)- the first for 2011, but conceived late in 2010. This was the very first time it took more than 3 sittings to get drafted, and it was tough to write. My words were fine – the flow of writing (which is often a common symptom of writer’s block) was unaffected. It was trying really, really hard to get some strong and complex themes across into a format that, by necessity, needs to be easy to read – simple.
Time will tell whether this worked or not.