Why Short Stories Are Difficult to Write

A Writer's Path

by Teagan Berry

I’ve never thought I was capable of writing short stories. Novels? No problem. Give me an idea and I can run with it for eighty-thousand words without hesitation. But ask me to tell a complete story arc from start to finish in five-thousand words or less? Never. Not a chance.

That’s how I’ve always believed things to be. And I never imagined I’ve have a differing perspective on the matter until just very recently. It occurred to me the other day that though yes, there are definitely technical differences between writing short stories and full length novels, it’s also very much a mental game with yourself. If you back yourself into a corner, only ever believing you’re capable of one or the other, you’ll never truly succeed at anything else. You’ll forevermore be uncomfortable with writing out of that space you’ve become extremely familiar with.

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  1. In some ways, I find it easier to write short stories, but I prefer to write novels of almost any genre. Although, perhaps I will find a niche, a genre, that suites me best. Experimenting is interesting though. It’s the writing itself that makes writing for the writer so addictive and fun, and exhausting often. K D 🙂

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    1. I completely agree! I think it’s a good thing to switch it up, rather than just picking one genre, and I LOVE to write short stories. I feel like it’s a way to sharpen skills, and test abilities. 🙂

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      1. And I agree with you 100%. Yes, I think I have become a better writer by switch it up a bit and enjoying the new experience. K D 🙂

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