We love short stories at Writers Write. We’ve recently added posts about short story competitions and a list of our Top 20 Short Story Quotes. We’ve had a great response. We’ve also been asked this question – Why write short stories? – so many times that I decided to list 10 reasons to write short stories.
- Practice. Short stories are an excellent way to develop a story with a beginning, middle, and ending. They are also easier to finish than novels. [Cut To The Chase – 3 Ways To Get Your Short Story Started]
- It’s a cellular world. Readers have smaller screens and shorter attention spans. You may reach a different market with your short stories. Literary journals, online journals, and consumer magazines, which are often read online, publish short stories.
- Get connected. Short stories are a great way to write for the Internet. You can develop e-book anthologies and series stories. You can do this by starting a blog and posting instalments.
- A way to start. Many great writers started by writing short stories. Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and Mark Twain became famous novelists, but they honed their craft publishing short stories. [How To Outline A Short Story – For Beginners]
- Experiment. A short story is a good way to try a different genre without putting 80 000 words, which have to be revised, rewritten and reworked, on paper. You may find that your voice is suited to a completely different type of story.
- Build a reputation. Short stories are a good way to help you build up a body of work. This shows publishers that you are a working writer. Fiction magazines that publish short stories are often read by reviewers, publishers, and editors.
- Competitions. Entering short story contests could jump start your career. Winning a prestigious competition, or having a story included in an anthology, is good for your resume and your ego. You may even win some money. You also get feedback on entries in some competitions. This is almost unheard of when you submit novels today. [10 Writing Contests You Should Definitely Enter]
- Improve your concentratation. Short stories force you to get to the point. The lack of sub-plots, as well as a limited number of characters, makes it easier to concentrate on the plot. This is good for writers who need to stop filling their novels with back story.
- Nobel reasons. Alice Munro, a short story writer, won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. [Six Quite Interesting Facts About The Nobel Prize For Literature]
- Love. Write short stories because you love writing.
Look at this list of Literary Journals for places to submit your short story. We’ve heard that The Puffin Review is looking for short stories, as are these publishers. You can find a list of publishers who publish short stories here.
© Amanda Patterson
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