My 2nd “Earth Notes” story aired this week, and focuses on the conservation work that is occurring in the Bears Ears National Monument. You can hear the episode by clicking the image below ⤵️
These short stories are proving to be a fun and challenging way to rework some of my previous writings into something a bit different. I think I have the “formula” down now, it’s just a matter of fitting the story within the word limit. Since most of my story ideas already exist in long-form essays (2,000-4,000 words), I usually start by looking for where I can seperate the essay into 3 or 4 parts.
These become the basis for the 3 or 4 paragraphs of the finished story. The process to edit the essay down to the “Earth Notes” format (250-270 words) requires willingness to let certain aspects of the story go. It’s amazing, to me, that I can essentially transform the essay in length, detail and structure, yet retain much of the original message! Of course I get assistance, but so far my stories required only minimal editing. That’s given me motivation to maybe attempt a subject that does not already exist in long-form. Work it from idea, to “Earth Notes” format, then to essay? We’ll see!
“Earth Notes” is produced by KNAU and the Sustainable Communities Program at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ). Learn more about “Earth Notes” and KNAU Radio here –> Earth Notes