I don’t read short stories.
I mean. I have. A couple. Maybe at least 8. But not many more than that.
I’ve written 3 short stories thus far in my life, and I’m really unsure about them. What is a short story? How does it work? How do you tell an intriguing story in less than 50,000 words? Less than 20,000? Less than 1000?
I really don’t know. And part of that has to do with what I confessed at the beginning of this post. I just don’t read short stories. I’m not sure why. Part of it is that I love spending days and days in the same fictional universe, thinking about the same characters, plot, etc. Short stories don’t really do that for me. It’s the same reason I tend to prefer TV shows to movies. I know I’ve missing a lot of great fiction because it doesn’t come in novel form.
Anyway, I have some more stories that I think would be best told in a shorter form. And being the good student that I am (ha), I’ve decided to do some research.
All these books and magazines contain science fiction short stories because that’s the genre I enjoy the most, and that’s the genre into which my ideas for stories fall. I’m eager to see how the authors tell their story in a shorter form – especially character development and world building. HOW ON EARTH DO YOU DO THAT IN 8,000 WORDS?
Have you read a lot of short stories? What works well? What doesn’t?