Short Stories

Short stories are great pieces of fiction writing that I feel don’t get enough credit. When a narrative expands over a series of books on a massive scale such as the harry potter books or the Percy Jackson series the impact can be incredible. However, I believe that short stories can have a very similar impact in certain ways. The fact that the plot is considerably small makes the story a lot less complicated for the most part, and this allows the writer to focus more on the important aspects of the narrative. There are no huge over-constructed elements of the story that expand over the course of multiple chapters or books. The story gets straight to the point and does not spend much time creating a story with details that have to add up for continuity’s sake in future iterations of the book or novel. The characters are developed enough to make sense and still be interesting for the readers and still get readers invested if done well and correctly. Unlike in longer narratives where these characters have to overcome huge conflicts that take up a lot of the time and have these extremely analyzed arcs that progress through multiple iterations of the story. Short stories can do all of these things on a much smaller scale but still hit the impact points needed to be a well-thought-out, cohesive story. In this post, I’m not trying to say that large ambitious stories are not good and that short stories are better. I just want to write about how short stories can use some love too and sometimes have the same impact as larger thought-out projects even though they are half the size. My next blog post will be about the great and incredible impact that these colossal, expandable narratives have on readers and storytelling in general.

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