Wednesday reading experience #34

Read some short stories or novellas and compare the form with that of a novel.

The short story has been called the novel’s little sister, which could be taken to imply that it is an easier form than the novel, but in fact a good short story is actually just as hard to write as a novel, possibly harder. In a novel, you have plenty of text to say what you want to say, but in a short story you can only say so much if you want it to stay short and not turn into a novella or even a novel.

Here is a blog about just such a challenge.

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