Are you new to the world of writing? Do you want to make it into a career or perhaps just as a hobby? You’re likely wondering what to write first. Perhaps, you have in mind an epic novel like one of Sue Grafton’s? Did you know that Sue Grafton also wrote a collection of short stories? Short stories are a wonderful place to start your writing career. They have all the components of a great tale – long or short, but with fewer words. Choosing to begin by writing a short story, can allow you the opportunity to choose a plot, characters and a setting, just like you would do if you wanted to create a longer piece. And, in theory, writing a short story is a much less time-consuming project than creating a novel or novella. This means that you will probably be able to finish it in a relatively short amount of time. When ideas are fresh in your mind, they are easier to put on paper.