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Why Aren’t Short Stories More Popular?

January 22, 2015 Leave a comment

My writing thought of the day.

Short stories are enjoyable to write. However, good guides on writing short stories are hard to find. I did a quick search online and didn’t find any “how to” or “tip” pages that I found worth sharing. Part of this stems from the seemingly difficult way of explaining how short stories are, in fact, different from novels. (And boy, are they different).

I suppose the best way to figure out “how to” write a short story is to continue to read them. Only recently did I become interested in reading short stories from my preferred fiction genre (science fiction). Previous to that, I read plenty of short stories. I am a strong believer that the best American literature can be found in short story form. I believe it so much that I have more short story collections in my room than American classics in novel form. I even gifted my brother’s foreign girlfriend two short story collections after she told me she did not like American literature.

However, short stories are no longer as popular as novels. At least, it appears that way to me. When I ask people what they are reading, they never tell me they are reading a short story collection or they recently read a great short story by so-and-so. No! It is always about novel-length works.

Why aren’t short stories more popular?

I love them. A short story by Tolstoy is what introduced me to the fantastic world of Russian literature (and now I am addicted to Dostoevsky). A short story by Raymond Carver inspired me to put more into my short story writing during college.

Short stories are excellent, neatly packaged pieces of prose.

Why aren’t they more popular?

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SciFi Short of the Day: 01/17/15

January 17, 2015 Leave a comment

From Clarkeworld come a funny SciFi short brought to us from the POV of an AI contemplating human ethics and his role in helping. “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer is available to both read and listen to. Check it out. If you are in the mood for something both science fiction and humor, this is the short story to read.

One of my favorite lines: “Fortunately, I already knew that humans violate their own ethical codes on an hourly basis.” Too true.

Daily SciFi Short: 01/11/2015

January 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Chilling (no pun intended) and engaging: Check out “Anarchic Hand” by Andy Dudak, one of the short stories featured this month by Apex Magazine.

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Daily Dose of SciFi Shorts: 01/10/2015

January 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Check out this interesting short story by Margaret Karmazin on Anotherealm. The story is called “Pixels” and invites readers to world that is shifting. It is a world that is about to (maybe) invaded by other dimensions.

Enjoy.

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