I write like I read. I don’t like reading long, drawn-out descriptions of characters and settings, and I’ll often skim the paragraph for the essential points. Always? No, it all depends on the author. This is why, more than likely, that I primarily write short stories.
A writer doesn’t have the luxury of pages to develop settings and characters when writing short stories. The reader has to be supplied with the minimum information and be allowed to form their own vision. We have to trust our writing to guide the reader and understand and accept that there will be some variation.
There is a skill in writing short stories. I don’t know what it is yet, but I’ll let you know when I find out.
Did I plan this to be a short post? You bet.
Leon Stevens is a composer, artist, and author of two books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. Visit www.linesbyleon.com
2 thoughts on “Short Stories: Minimalist Reading and Writing”
I’ve written several full-length novels, but I also write short stories. They tend to be more literary fiction so there is a focus on character. I’ve submitted a few to literary magazines. So far, no bites.
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If tried to write a novel for each of my ideas, I’d still be on the first one! Although my current project is a continuation of one of my short stories and it’s getting close to 20 000 words.