Tell Shorter Stories

By posted at 3:20 pm on May 21, 2015 2

“The real world is massive and chaotic beyond the scope of any story, but the novel has always been the storytelling medium that could come closest to capturing it. And the novels that dared to really try – from Hugo to Tolstoy – are often the ones that have endured.” That’s not to say, of course, that bigger is always better, and in an article for The Guardian Damien Walter argues against the current glut of epic, serialized fantasy novels taking their cues from George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire. As Walter puts it, “There are great fantasy short stories, novellas and single novels that deserve much wider audiences, but are sidelined by the industry’s unhealthy fixation with the serial format. It’s time for the fantasy genre to tell some new – shorter – stories.”

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2 Responses to “Tell Shorter Stories”

  1. Anittah Patrick
    at 10:22 am on May 22, 2015

    Yes, the fantasy genre should tell much shorter stories! Zero words long would be about the right length.



  2. Why not turn that novel into a short story? | jean's writing
    at 4:31 pm on May 27, 2015

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