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I’ve been struggling of late (okay, most of the time) in my writing.  I’ve completed short stories and sold a few and then found myself struggling towards a novel.  I was thinking, “Okay, you’ve done the appetizer’ it is time to move on to the main course.”  But every time I tried, I failed.  And failed spectacularly, not even getting enough material on the page to constitute a complete short story.  So, it was interesting to hear a few words from Stephen King on this issue.

Points from the 5 minutes of video:

– Short stories are an art form in their own right.

– You can lose your ability/skill to do good short stories.

– A novel can be a quagmire young writers stumble in to before they’re ready.

– Good short stories are an art of miniaturization.


Unfortunately, I cannot find the full video on Borders’ Media site.  But at least this little bit gives me some food for thought…and some hope.

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.