I truly love the short story, and often wonder why there aren't more authors in the genre. Is it a lack of interest by the readers, or the writers, or both? Am I wrong, and why? Any thoughts on this subject would be greatly appreciated.
Lately I've just scripted two short stories for a comic book anthology and written (as well as scripted) two more. So I know that there are readers and publishers around who are interested in short stories of some kind or another.
I think that it is a lack of marketing room....there are so many other things and genres that are pushed forward that the short story author has to scream to be seen.....I think that they are in abundance, just hard to find in the other abundances
I am not a short story writer; I am a short story reader. One of the reasons I subscribed to The New Yorker was to read the short stories. I read most of Alice Munroe's short stories before they came out in a collection. I am also addicted to selected shorts of the radio. One of my recent favorites is T.C. Boyle's "The Lie." I read short stories because I do not always have time to read a full length novel, and short stories satisfy my craving for story.
I think there are quite a few short story writers out and about being published, you just have to look for 'em.
I never read short stories on the internet. Magazines, periodic publications and books, yes, but I never read stories on the computer. The computer just is not comfy enough to curl up and read with. I also think reading habits on the computer are different than those habits of reading the printed page. Perhaps that will change when more people start using Kindle devices.
I just wrote a short story about 4 boys traveling in a forest and trying to cross a creek.
I truly think it is a dying art. Along with folklore, and anything that required family time without modern technology.
i've wrote so many short stories that I can't even count them all anymore. Right now I am working on a novel though. The novel actually goes on my hub chapter by chapter each week right now.
If you know where to look, you can find all sorts of short stories out there. I love short stories too so I know how you feel.
For my sake, I sure hope short stories aren't a dying art. I've found a small e-book publisher that is just getting started publishing short stories. If it's a dying art, they wouldn't be looking for short stories!
I'm finding since the beginning of the internet I've watched people, ordinary people who wouldn't ordinarily have an attention problem, have one, due to the overflow of information in today's society. I actually find myself reading a short story, that catches my interest in the beginning, intrigues me to know what happens next, to the end, very rapidly, because the writers are so vast, it's hard to choose which ones to spend the, every so precious time on. Just one of those random things I think
I love short stories. To me a concise quick revelation soothes my soul more than any novel would. Guess the fear of dying before finishing a novel tends to weigh on one's mind... at my age... But with the demise of reader's digest... i do wonder what will become of this genre. The writing sites i am on though allows me to still enjoy them. meow48
bulletproofchris, are they? I find I can only write short stories, everytime I have tried to write a book, I keep getting stuck. I love reading them also because sometimes I don't have the patience to read a whole book.
Bulletproofchris, in an interview i watched of Stephen King he mentioned that authors and writers tend to focus on making the next big novel. I understand where he's coming from with that but I love to write short stories, I have published one book but I find that with a short story I'm able to challenge myself more with keeping everything to the point!
My favourite short story of all time is : The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant.
No, the short story cannot become dying art, in my opinion, because I believe the market for it is growing, due to the very nature of our modern-day lifestyle. There is probably a general perception that we don't have as much time to read as in the past, so I think the short story has a valid place in literature nowadays.
I keep trying to start/finish War and Peace, but a shroud of sleep comes over me before I finish the third page every time!
you make some good points. i agree that today's fast-paced society is a perfect match for it, but for some reason short stories don't get the respect or attention i think they deserve. 'Crouch End' (one of my favorite short stories by stephen king) or any number of other such tales by a variety of writers, is just as valid in the literary world as 'War and Peace' in my opinion. Thanks for the reply!
I myself love to write both short stories and long novels. I am going to do my best to find a literary agent that takes both
I write short true stories, i find if i keep them short it holds the attention of the reader, it works for me. However, i know it depends on what you are writing about whether you want it long or short. I have read some stories that were so good i wanted them to go on forever!
absolutely true...there are some stories that should go on forever.
I love to read and write short stories. Here at hubpages I do a mixture of both factual articles and imaginary stories. Unfortunately, the short stories get less hits - not because they are badly written (I've had a couple published in magazines) but because people can't be bothered to put the time in to really read. You cant scan a short story, it has to be mulled and digested.
I think people's attention span is less on the internet and they look for a quick hit. Short stories dont tend to do this, whereas article writing is precise.
What do you think?
i think you make some very good points; ones i hadn't thought of before. that's why i wanted to post this question. i just don't understand why they don't get more attention in the public, or the literary world, for that matter...why do the masterpieces all have to be 800 page whoppers(not that i haven't loved a couple of those, as well)? i love short stories, and sometimes think it must be so much harder write them.
I think we are at the beginning of what will someday be known as a golden age for short stories. The problem with marketing short stories up til now is that they are hard to package. You have to publish an anthology or include one in a magazine, which means the reader often has to purchase something he isn't interested in to get to the short story.
With the new digital readers (kindle etc.) you will be able to purchase only the material you want, and I believe this will encourage more writers produce "singles".
I hope you are right. For example, the HubPages format is much more targeted to the short story than a novel. We do live in an age of the sound byte and increasingly short articles with lots more visual information. Unfortunately I don't think any of us who write fiction on HubPages, even short stories, get much traffic.
On the up side its so easy to publish and illustrate a short story on sites like HubPages. Much less trouble than trying to find a traditional magazine to buy and publish them!
We may not get much traffic now, but persevering and loving it will bring the exposure that's needed.
good point. the online reading choices are growing...maybe the short story will find a happy home there...
I have written short stories for a couple of sci-fi magazines, aparently Horror is the easiest short story genre to get in to though!
There are several forums out there dealing with short stories where people post new short stories every day!
I buy books with short stories love reading them while travelling, waiting or enjoy a moment of peace I don't think they'll go out of style.
Think of 'Interpreter of Maladies' its such a great short story book. I think the problem is poor writers. Creating a great story in a short space is very difficult and has to be done with such style and precision, I feel most authors just arent able to do it.
i agree with the degree of difficulty it takes to write a really great short story, but there are so many talented writers that are intimidated by this fact...and the ones who should be intimidated wind up being the fools who write the crappy ones.
I'm and avid reader and love short stories. as a matter of fact I'm woriking on doing some just for fun and have already written one. I'm no author by any means but if it is a creative endeavor I'm gonna try it. Hence my screen name.lol lol Keep writing and it'll get read.
I just published my first short story as a hub but i'm not expecting to get many hits on it, they work the same as poems I think, not very popular.
There is a nice website called WriteInvite they hold a short story competition every Saturday at 5:30pm you sign up for free but then pay £3 to enter on any Saturday you like just make sure you pay in time coz you don't get the themes until 5:30 and you only have until 6pm to finish and submit the story in to them. If you win you get £40!
"Welcome to the Monkey House," by Kurt Vonnegut, is probably my favorite collection of short stories. The ability to communicate a vast idea to a reader within the confines of twenty or so pages is both a skill and an art. "Atlas Shrugged" is a truly spectacular book, but it is not comprehensible as a single idea, and takes even the most diligent reader many days to finish it.
Someone above posted that they miss "the story of an hour," and I certainly do too.
I don't think it is a dying art. A Canadian writer Alice Munroe, won a major prize her for her short stories. I write some short stories and enjoy the form. I don't know that I am good at it but it is less demanding than embarking on a novel.
I don't think so. Though I love my long books, sometimes a nice short story is great as well--especially if it can get such depth crammed in little space.
I would think short stories would be more appealing to many people these days as sadly, I think the world is less about reading...or at least having patience as it is so quick paced.
I rather think short stories are more in the long novels like some of Dickin's work for example.
I agree... People are not that much into reading books nowadays. Perhaps a repressed emotion or certain memories, from say high school. I know I did not like writing when I was younger, and now I find myself doing it everyday as if I were a drug addict.
I don't think short stories are a dying art, but as a whole, books and the regalia is slowly fading. Due to the electronic/digital format we can so easily access it makes the people of today's society that much more piqued... short, easy on the eyes (some can be), and if the genre is appealing to those.
Our world is indeed face paced, we are always on the go and rarely find time enough for ourselves let alone what we could find from a little book, or even in the case of digital copy. Patience is something a lot of people just do not possess, as a result... well a lot of things could be said.
In any case, I enjoy short and full blown, 800+ page stories fascinating.
I love short stories. I have even written a few myself:
Unfortunately - it is really hard to break into getting them published - and there are an awful lot of people writing short stories. I can see it taking off eventually, although the serial short is likely to be how it goes.
I love to write in short bursts of thoughts and love to read short stories (especially when I don't have much free time and don't feel like following a long novel) But I have a hella hard time writing along a plot line - even for just a short story. The best stories I've read like Katherine Ann Porter and O'Henry and Mark Twain etc. always have a very nice, tight, plot - something happens which causes something else and the people who are living it are interesting and you care about the whole thing. I find this so very hard to do! Sometimes I think all I know about life I got from books so as for writing from experience I would have nothing to say! booo hoooo . . this is becoming a book itself!
I joined months ago with the intention of writing many, but have only done one. Life is very busy it seems! But I would think with busy lives, more people would prefer short stories over many interruptions while reading a novel!
Find literary journals or genre based magazines that have what you like and subscribe to it/them. If you really like short stories, you have to support the places that are still trying to make them available in some degree of quality. Otherwise, your gonna be on your own trying to shift through the noise of the Internet where quality writing is drowned out by the noise of hundreds of millions of keyboards vomiting "writing" in your face.
Short stories are alive and well all around us. They are commecials on TV, they are television shows, they are the "news" (or newspeak) we see every day. Every good movie is based on a good novel or comic book, and good TV comercials are based on good short stories. The written story is necessary to provide a stable base, with all the details worked out, for all the other mediums of story telling to build upon. To support my argument, look at this summer's movies, based on some very old stories.
I adore writing and reading short stories. Perhaps Hubpages could have a short story contest.
Only in Hubpages are short stories a thing of they past as their so called management team has the balls of a snail!
What a farce!
I think people like short stories-- but the print markets have dried up. There used to be a lot more magazines using them. Now there are fewer magazines. People watch too much TV.
One reason that short stories are hard to come by, at least in traditional publishing, would be the cost factor. People are not going to pay the same for a short as they would for a novel. So short stories need to be collected (either all from an author, or several authors within a genre) to justify the cost.
Either that, or they are published in magazines, newspapers, etc. And more periodicals are focusing on their core business to be more efficient. Short stories get squeezed out of most.
I like reading short stories, but I prefer a novel where characters and plot have a bit more room to develop. But short stories can still grab you and bring you into that little world inside our own imagination and that is always a great thing.
I enjoy reading and writing short stories. I think that to tell a story well in the form of a short story, requires skill and it is probably good practice for other types of writing.
I have written short stories. People like them. I think it's difficult to get their interest unless the story has a good start. There is some media exposure that audiences are trained to expect some punch at the beginning. jael
Less and less people are writing the short story, but I myself love them. Getting a lot or any money out of publishing short stories is difficult. More authors write novels for that reason.
I doubt short story writing will die out; short story publishing just about has though, I think. Collections of short story books are hard to come by in bookshops today. Maybe there will be a revival due to the new electronic media. For me, I frequently use short stories in my oral presentations to groups, e.g. stories ranging anything from five minutes to fifty-five minutes. Some are my own creations; some adaptations from actual events (history) and some are those I've read or had brought to my notice. People love a story, especially one that does not take hours to get through. No, the short story is here to stay...
'I doubt short story writing will die out; short story publishing just about has though, I think. Collections of short story books are hard to come by in bookshops today. Maybe there will be a revival due to the new electronic media ... People love a story, especially one that does not take hours to get through. No, the short story is here to stay...'
I totally agree with you here.
You just have to look at HubPages and some literary websites to see that the actual art of short story writing is certainly not a dying one.
Short stories can never die out, they can be malnourished and not marketed to the masses like commercial product and names. But they live on in the structure of the system.
In short, no. There are plenty of magazines that exist specifically to print short stories.
But short stories aren't particularly lucrative for the writer (unless someone turns them into a movie, like has happened with a lot of Steven King short stories).
Short stories are not marketable or lucrative to the publisher, hence most magazines that still present them are non-profit groups or only produce an online zine to keep costs down. In short, the art is not dying. Plenty of people write them all the time, but marketing them to the public has been in its grave for almost a decade.
Well, I do not think so this art is dying art. As, there are still many people around (I'm one of them) who just love to read short stories.
Not at all. In fact, people prefer reading short stories, instead of reading lenghty ones. They are precise and concise. I would say, short stories are not a dying art, but an evergreen art.
I was getting into flash fiction (500 words or less) and micro fiction (100 words or less) for awhile now. I have a short attention span, so writing a novel will not be my thing. I found a very interesting piece online about people who are publishing full books of micro-fiction, and one guy who did a book where none of the chapters were over 1000 words. I could do that. My problem with writing a novel is that I don't like rewriting, but editing a 1000 word or shorter piece would be simple.
I came to Hub Pages looking to share the short stories I had written with more of a "educated?" (maybe not the word I'm looking for) crowd. I picked up writing a few years ago, from a friend of mine who also wrote short stories. Our writing was completely different, but most readers enjoyed both. I've always thought up stories long enough for a novel, but I don't have the patience. I don't come across too many short stories like mine, or the ones I've seen though. I can't say that it's dying, because I'm probably not looking in the right place for them. -_-
Unfortunately, from a marketing point of view, yes it is not only dying, but dead. Godless, directionless, moraless, self centered people have no room, need or desire for fantasy, hope or dreams.
Well that is my opinion anyway.
I love them! But then I also love God and people, another dying breed.
being an avid reader and writer, I focused my attention on novels, only recently venturing to writing short stories,
My short stories have been received remarkably well on hub pages and I am discovering a whole new to approach to my writing...
I hope this art is not dying out, as many great works have started as a short story......
I sure hope it isn't dying out, or I might as well start packing. But I think there are a lot of chances for short stories to be written and read online, if you're lucky enough to get noticed. I don't think the genre will die out anytime soon in this online context, but getting someone to publish them is tricky... I'm a great fan of them though, they're a great way to improve your writing and try out new things or go with weird ideas in a whim that would never have made it into novels. Besides, you can read a short story anywhere in a short period of time, which should be a plus in these hasty times, right?
It better not!!! I'm in the process of writing a short story book and I would be crushed if short stories died out!!! It's what I specialize in, as I can't seem to find the attention span to write a huge long story. Dx
What website is good to upload stories to? O:
I'm in total agreement--I too hope the short story form continues and thrives. After writing a historical novel set in China last year, I decided I wanted to practice and improve my narrative art in smaller 'bites', so having a single main character with a challenge or dilemma they must face in 2000 words or less is ideal way to really compress the essentials and reveal them succinctly.
I don't think it is a dying art. I have a website for writing stories. (see my profile). I notice that the short stories are read and commented more times than the long stories because they take less time.
So at the end of the day, if anyone cares to close and rap up this subject which was too general not to have an obvious answer, The Answer is no.
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