Why Short Stories Are Difficult to Write

A Writer's Path

by Teagan Berry

I’ve never thought I was capable of writing short stories. Novels? No problem. Give me an idea and I can run with it for eighty-thousand words without hesitation. But ask me to tell a complete story arc from start to finish in five-thousand words or less? Never. Not a chance.

That’s how I’ve always believed things to be. And I never imagined I’ve have a differing perspective on the matter until just very recently. It occurred to me the other day that though yes, there are definitely technical differences between writing short stories and full length novels, it’s also very much a mental game with yourself. If you back yourself into a corner, only ever believing you’re capable of one or the other, you’ll never truly succeed at anything else. You’ll forevermore be uncomfortable with writing out of that space you’ve become extremely familiar with.

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2 thoughts on “Why Short Stories Are Difficult to Write

  1. I started out with short stories and find them easier to write because they are a moment of time with a short arc. I also write novels and non-fiction. I wish that there was more of a market for short stories. They are a workout for the imagination for readers and writers.

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