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Short Stories.

Postby RedPlums » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:03 pm

If you all are willing I'd love to start a little short stories topic where newer writers, (like myself) can write stories about whatever they'd like. I hope it turns out great! :D
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Re: Short Stories.

Postby warriorsage » Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:25 pm

I think that this is a great idea. What length of tales are you looking for? I'm thinking that 600-800 words is a readable length for posting on this site, though you can't get too much action into that frame.

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Re: Short Stories.

Postby RedPlums » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:47 pm

That actually sounds great Warrior! Let's put a word cap at 700?
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Re: Short Stories.

Postby TripExistence » Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:54 pm

I would say that's more like flash fiction than an actual short story... but the idea is intriguing.
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Re: Short Stories.

Postby Pheonix » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:11 pm

I would say that's more like flash fiction than an actual short story... but the idea is intriguing.
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Re: Short Stories.

Postby Sstavix » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:39 pm

Short stories - especially "short short" stories - can be a fun and exciting challenge. See what you can do in 100 words or less!

During one of my writing classes I remembered hearing about an interview with Ernest Hemingway. He said that you didn't need to have a lot of words to make a really good story. He then demonstrated by telling one of the shortest stories I have ever heard. I will print it here, in its entirety.
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Just six words long, but with tremendous emotional impact - especially for anyone who has been a parent (or has lost a child). It works amazingly well. Sometimes it's more effective what is not said than what is said.

Another example I read recently won an award for short horror. I don't remember the author, but consider this one:
The last man in the world sits in a room. There is a knock at the door.
So yeah, short stories can be fun - both to write and to read!

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Re: Short Stories.

Postby ArchAngel » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:51 pm

Short stories are a particularly interesting form of literature, and one that Americans have really took as their own. I, personally, am a huge sucker for sci-fi short stories, constantly buying anthologies of them. Several of them has had a very strong impact in how I view the world.

What's particularly great about a really good short story is how important each word is in it. An author cannot waste any space and has chosen each word, each name, etc., specifically for a purpose and specifically that word and not another. You can get a good story very quickly on a read through, but you can get an amazingly deep story by picking apart the story. It's a great way to really start delving into the more involved facets of literature, and certainly gives you a palatable enough portion to not overwhelm you.
It also provides a way to address some pretty intense concepts without having to build up a full novel structure around it.

Otherwise, some of them are just great fast and fun romps.
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Re: Short Stories.

Postby ohnolookout » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:37 am

Short stories are a particularly interesting form of literature, and one that Americans have really took as their own. I, personally, am a huge sucker for sci-fi short stories, constantly buying anthologies of them. Several of them has had a very strong impact in how I view the world.

What's particularly great about a really good short story is how important each word is in it. An author cannot waste any space and has chosen each word, each name, etc., specifically for a purpose and specifically that word and not another. You can get a good story very quickly on a read through, but you can get an amazingly deep story by picking apart the story. It's a great way to really start delving into the more involved facets of literature, and certainly gives you a palatable enough portion to not overwhelm you.
It also provides a way to address some pretty intense concepts without having to build up a full novel structure around it.

Otherwise, some of them are just great fast and fun romps.
I'm sure you've probably read it already, but Sandkings by George R.R. Martin is one of my favorites. Not technically a short story, as it's a novelette, but I don't really see much of a difference.
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Re: Short Stories.

Postby ArchAngel » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:30 am

I have not, but thanks for the recommendation. I'll be sure to check it out!
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