Why Write Short Stories?
There are a lot of reasons to write short stories. The SS allows the writer to ‘test drive’ an idea. Will the idea sustain an 80K novel? Or is it more suitable for a 7500-word story?
LOVE for the Craft: Authors who wish to write every day for the love of writing find that writing short stories gives them immediate gratification to type ‘THE END.’ In this way, the short story is a great motivator.
FOCUS: With a short story, the writer is forced to focus on the story’s point. Present the Inciting Incident, introduce the characters, and create a solid storyline. This is especially useful to writers that tend to include a lot of backstories. The SS doesn’t allow for too much – they’re limited on how many words they can use.
REPUTATION: How many famous writers started by using the SS as their vehicle? One always comes to my mind – Stephen King. And then there are many others: Edgar Alan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Margaret Atwood, Mark Twain, and, and. While most of these authors are famous novelists, they started their careers by writing SSs.
If a writer wants to get their name out in several publications – the short story works well.
NEW to WRITING? Newbie writers need to start by writing every day. Another tool is to join an online writing group. Most groups are free to join, and you can post your stories, receive feedback, and read other authors’ writing.
Over the next few blogs, we will discuss what some of the most famous authors of short stories have to say about the craft. First up will be Truman Capote – see my next post on Wednesday, October 13th.