Monday, November 29, 2010

The big question on short stories




The skill of a good short story is that it offers the reader a glimpse into their own life truths in a way that other writing can't offer. Often, with novels, the reader is caught up with the characters or the plot.
The end of a good short story can give you a kick in the guts.
Or it can linger with you long after you've moved onto something else.

Just as writing books for children is not easier than writing books for adults
so writing short stories is not an easier option to writing a novel.
Australia has a history of short story writers
and it feels like lately it has started coming back into vogue.

Or maybe I'm just hoping?

2 comments:

Sian said...

Love a good short story. Definitely have their place alongside novels and novellas -if only to coax the time poor and reluctant to read SOMETHING!

karen tayleur said...

Amen to that.