So far, every time I try to write down a short story, I feel like I approach the process the wrong way. I get a simple idea to base the short story upon. I expand on that idea and form a fairly cohesive plot. and here's where it all goes to hell. I start putting in characters, and detailing what purpose they serve in the story and in relation to each other and the progression of the narrative. Here's where I falter, I make way too many characters and the short story no longer feels like a short story, but something that could turn into a novella, or a novel in itself. and I don't want to write those write now! I simply could not no matter how much I tried. Inside I feel like it is absolutely needed to have all these detailed characters, and the dynamics of their interactions between each other to tell the overall plot. I just want to tackle simple, short stories, so I can get a better handle of the actually writing process. every time I come to write a short stroy, my mind races a mile a minute and just creates entire plots with all kinds of narrative themes about the classic concepts of betrayal, love, hate, jealousy, all that junk. GAHHHHHH!!! Should I drastically change my approach to this? Do I have to start really small and limit myself to say, how many characters should be in it, how 'deep' the plot is? This sucks, I have so many ideas for stories, but I get too ahead of myself and pour too much effort into thinking about something I can't write well yet. Anyone have a simple technique that helps you get down the basics? I obviously have no problem creating plots, and fairly detailed characters, but I just can't make my short stories...... well short. this sucks.