Shorts and Fillers
By Rory C. Keel
Have you ever had a salad as an appetizer before a meal? You may have asked a house salad for a side dish or placed an order for a salad as the main course. What does this have to do with writing? Well, writing shorts and fillers are like salads. Writing a small filler or short can give you a writing appetite or it can be your main course.
Fillers are everywhere. They are short writings, usually less than 250 words that vary from devotionals to book reviews, short how-to pieces, cartoons, recipes and even children’s proverbs and cartoons.
Shorts may include columns, opinion pieces, nostalgia, and personal experience stories usually fewer than 1000 words.
If you are looking for ways to get your name in print, or you just need a diversion from a longer piece of work, writing a filler or short may be what you need.