First Lines

I’m in the early stages of trying some shorter fiction. Which, I’ve never done well, the little of it I have done . . . and even my few paltry attempts at short stories were a long time ago. But anyway, I wanted to give it a shot for a couple reasons.

One of them is there are just too many ideas. All kinds of little ideas have been collecting in my notebooks, especially Louisiana themed stuff, and I know it’s far too much to go turning into novels. Not that most of the ideas could even hold up a book. The only point being, I’m thinking if I can gain some skill in shorter fiction, I’ll be able to actually write more of the little ideas I have.

It’s also easier to get short fiction published in journals, especially online ones. I haven’t done too much poking around–and, let’s face it, how many folks actually read old school literary journals anymore? I certainly don’t–but from what I’ve seen, there’s a growing market for content. I had a modest taste of success myself last year, when a journal specializing in crime fiction published a character sketch of Neville Breaux, the fiddle and accordion player who, as a teenager in Beaumont, Texas, swam under a barge on a dare. Neville appears in All Saints Day of the Dead.

Anyway, this is where my head is at tonight. Short fiction. And first lines. Here’s one I’m working on now:

Though he wouldn’t realize it until a decade later, long after it would’ve done him any good, his country music phase pretty much corresponded directly with the drinking.

From an untitled short story about something or other.

Published by New Bayou Books

JR Reed started New Bayou Books to spark a revolution in Louisiana literature. The goal of the company is simple: to great writers out of the shadows to carry on the Louisiana literary tradition.

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