By: Anne R. Allen
I recently heard from a writer who said she felt disrespected by her writing group. They were all working on novels and memoir and didn't take her short fiction work seriously.
I saw another writer on Google Plus asking for help because his work kept coming in at around 40 pages—like that was a bad thing.
They were dealing with a common problem: short stories (up to 30K words) and novellas (30k-50K words) haven't been getting much respect since the demise of the fiction market in mainstream magazines two decades ago.
(Those word counts are from Writer's Digest. Some people use the term "novelette" to mean a story in the 10K to 30K range.)
For the past twenty years or so, most writers have treated short stories as practice pieces for classes and workshops—like the finger exercises piano students do before they graduate to playing real music.
And many of us have been treating novellas as unfinished, failed novels that need "fleshing out."
But that's so last century.
Shorter fiction is having a renaissance in the digital age. In fact, this may be the new golden age of the short story.
The New York Times reports, "Stories are perfect for the digital age...because readers want to connect and want that connection to be intense and to move on. That is, after all, what a short story is all about."
Book marketing guru Penny Sansevieri said in the HuffPo: "short is the new long. Thanks to consumers who want quick bites of information and things like Kindle Singles, consumers love short."
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Read the full article HERE!
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