Tales to tell

Short story writing is much like eating chocolate. It’s addictive, the never-ending struggle against the tendency to overdo it. You know the scene: one bit, then another, and another, and while the chocolate melts pleasantly away, the work of writing a full length novel might well have begun.

The word ‘short’ is always a bit of a challenge; too much information and it’s a chapter of that book. Too few words, and there ain’t much meat on the bones, and the reader must come away feeling satisfied.

I’m sure you’ve noticed, short stories are gregarious; they love to clump together in books and make a statement that’s far greater than the sum of their parts. Oh, it’s tricky, that novel is trying to get out again!

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