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I assume anyone who wants to read a story that is developed in a short time with less characters than are usually found in a novel.
Is it easier or harder to write?
It has less pages and the plot must be developed more quickly and resolved more quickly. One must use an economy of words to get the point across while maintaining the atmosphere of the story. In other words, the author has to have his/her act together to make it work. Character development is very important and making that character somehow make a connection with the reader.
-- 16 Oct 2013, 16:38 --
I loved your list. I have read so many of the stories. I really never noticed, I just read. No one really recommended books to me, not even in school. They just couldn't keep up, so as a kid with ADHD, I just kept reading. I believe it is harder to write a good short story than a novel.
I read as well as write short stories, and I find both much easier than full-length novels. Short stories give you the scope to be sharp, blunt and edgy, and make a greater impact in fewer words. They're also easier to accomplish.
Gogol, The Nose, is hilarious!
There are many classic works in this format.
-- 05 Nov 2013, 17:50 --
Conspicuous by its absence is
'How much land does a man need' by Leo Tolstoy
-- 05 Nov 2013, 17:53 --
And The Death of Ivan Ilych also by Tolstoy.
Also, The Overcoat by Gogol.
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-- 16 Dec 2013, 21:24 --
Oh, Gotham Writers Workshop has an anthology called the "Fiction Gallery." Try it out. It has some old greats and contemporary works that really get the juices flowing... Just a suggestion! Ciao!
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