the craft of short story writing

I’ve heard a lot of writers bemoan the fact that they’re only writing short stories. They speak as though the short story is the lesser, not-as-sophisticated cousin of the novel. I’ve made that complaint, myself.

But the short story is a valid form of fiction, and one that’s even challenging in it’s own right. Just because a novel is longer certainly doesn’t mean it’s better.

Don’t want to take my word for it? How about Stephen King’s word?

Take a look at the video below. The interviewer is about as dry and boring as I can imagine an interviewer being, so forgive that. (Perhaps he’s just intimated. I would be, sitting across from SK.) However, King talks about the craft of short story writing and why he believes it’s valuable.

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About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

4 Responses to the craft of short story writing

  1. LOVE this. Tweeted and shared on my Hazy fb page. :))

    Liked by 1 person

    • dex says:

      Thank you, thank you. I’m a big fan of short stories, and I don’t think the format is going anywhere. I would love for them to be more accepted/praised in the mainstream, but at the same time I feel a bit like a rebel writing them.

      Feeling like a rebel is good, especially when it comes to fiction.

      Like

  2. P. C. Zick says:

    I am in awe of the short story writer, Dex. It’s a form I’ve dabbled with but never excelled in the craft. Very happy to see support for it here!

    Liked by 1 person

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