Who reads short fiction? Is it easier or harder to write?

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Re: Who reads short fiction? Is it easier or harder to write?

Post by Katarina Radovcic »

I like the concept of writing short fiction because you have a very limited space in which you develop your stories, just like in poetry where you have to sum a whole world in only a few verses. It is challenging and I've always admired the authors who are able to do it. My stories tend to go towards short fiction more than whole novels because I like the directness and the focus of it (not that I could compare to real authors).
Also, thanks for the list, now I have some new stories to read!
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Short stories are much easier to write. I don't really enjoy much of it.
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The experts say that short fiction is much harder to write than long because it has to contain everything longer fiction does only in a shorter space. Far from an expert, though, short fiction is all I've ever known. Having never written more than 10,000 words, I think short is easier for me but likely, only because it's what I'm used to.
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Hi. I'm presently reading a collection of short stories by Hemingway and am into the third story. The writing gives the reader a good journey into the character's minds, but the plots so far are the same - one character in a safari story accidentally kills another character; and one character in the second story pretending to bullfight accidentally kills another character. It will be fun to see how the remaining stories develop.
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Post by Regard003 »

I love short stories. But I think they are harder to write because the author has to put together a great story in just few words. Thanks for the list
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