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 Nina Rose » 20 Jul 2017, 18:40

I read fiction. It is easier to write in a way that you can create characters and places with more freedom. It is not based on real life so it does not have to be factual. There is more space for creativity in writing fiction.

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Post by Kat Kennedy » 12 Oct 2017, 21:26

I have always loved to write short fiction. Many times I have a character that just doesn't work, or a poem that won't come together and I usually end up writing a short story or novella using the character or idea behind the poem.

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Post by Rosemary Wright » 14 Nov 2017, 15:12

I write and read short fiction. Short fiction is not easier or harder. It is as easy and as hard as writing a long fiction. It takes the same creativity and ability. The only difference is time because surely a long fiction needs a longer time frame to finish writing.

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Post by Insightsintobooks729 » 14 Dec 2017, 10:47

I like short fiction. I think that short fiction would be harder to write than longer fiction due to its length. In short fiction everything has to happen in less time than in a traditional novel which I think could make it harder to write well.
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Post by Kinkini » 16 Jan 2018, 13:33

Short stories are exceptional. I think it requires higher precision and involves writing more through fewer words. There are innumerable jaw-dropping short stories. My most recent dig into short stories was Saadat Hasan Manto. His chronicles are heart-wrenching and can leave one gasping for breath.

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Post by Whippet » 20 Jan 2018, 20:25

I think short fiction is just as hard to write as long fiction. :)

Great compilation of lists. Disappointed to say I've only read 3 out of 12 in the first list!

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Post by Raksha Rakhecha » 01 Feb 2018, 05:38

I like reading short fiction stories. I think expressing your thoughts on paper is not as simple as it appears. It takes time and effort to write an engaging story. In all, I am neutral about the length of the story. The length should not be a measure to judge an easier or harder writing.

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 01 Feb 2018, 05:42

I very much like reading short stories, and think it's a shame that the genre has fallen somewhat out of favour, though there's been a renewal of interest lately. Authors I would strongly recommend include such diverse ones as Katherine Mansfield (it's a shame so many people only know 'The Garden Party'), Daphne du Maurier, Raymond Carver and DH Lawrence, who was a prolific short story writer alongside his longer novels. I also write short stories myself, and have had some minor success. I would say the challenge is neither easier nor harder than full-scale fiction, just different.
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