I wish I could think of a better way to word what I'm trying to say so it doesn't sound so stupid but I tried, and I can't. My husband has been on my ass for years about how I should just start small and write short stories since I have such a problem with committing to a novel, so that I can practice my writing and be doing something I love. So to get myself out of my 3+ year writing funk I'm wanting to try short stories but when I try to come up with even a seed of an idea I get so stuck. My brain turns every story into a novel length affair. I think I have an idea that would work as a short story maybe, but I don't ... get short stories. Like, how do you condense all of the action? Also how do you come up with ideas for a short story? Obviously it can't be a big murder mystery or an epic quest, but it can't just be a boring snippet of life either. I know it's not complicated but my brain seems incapable of comprehending this idea. I either go full LOTR or straight to, like, poetry. I have a problem with expressing myself in a succinct manner, meaning I say way too much about nothing (can you tell?) so that's probably part of it. How do you guys suggest delving into short stories? Also what are some short stories to read, because I know if I read more of them this would be easier. The only story that's stuck with me was A Good Man is Hard to Find, which I adored and it still stays with me. I just don't understand how to break an idea down.