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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.