Pacing is hard, people. I want a short story to be immediately engaging, but still have depth of backstory and characterization.
If I start with the immediate problem, then I have to flash back to get the depth, which slows things down. (And Jed complains about all my flashbacks.)
If I start with the background character material, sometimes it’s a while before I get to the inciting incident.
I mean, I’ve written a lot of stories that I’m happy with, so I know it can be done. But somehow, having a tough time with it tonight.
Luckily, it’s time to go watch Dr. Who with the kids, sew some masks before bed, and come back to this fresh tomorrow.