For those of you who have been following along with me here for a while, you know I have a short story collection, Each of Us Killers, coming out in September 2020. A few days ago, this book was featured in the Big Other's Most Anticipated Small Press Books of 2020 list. This was lovely to see.
This has been, despite all my early planning, a year of not as much published writing as I would have liked (or even as much as in 2018.) That said, I had 11 pieces published during the year. Six of these were my monthly short stories column at PopMatters. The rest were book reviews at Scroll.in and PopMatters. I also wrote a couple of new short stories for my upcoming collection, Each of Us Killers, with 7.13 Books. There was another round of edits for my upcoming translation of Dhumketu's selected short stories, with HarperCollins India. There were a couple of fun panel discussions at the Jaipur Literary Festival. And a lovely interview about books and the reading life with ShethePeople.
Having written and published 20+ short stories since 2016, I can say, with absolute conviction, that there is no single, universal process to how a short story comes together. [...] So, while I've not developed any single blueprint for writing short stories, what I have found is a somewhat consistent pattern in the phases I go through. Here they are (and some of this is, I confess, with tongue firmly in cheek):