I am really enjoying reading and writing short stories. They are proving to be a great distraction from working on the third draft of my novel.
There are lots of quotes out there about describing a short story:
A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.
Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.
Short stories, to me, are like seductive dances.
Here is my rationale:
- Both the short story and the seductive dance can be breath taking and captivating.
- Both the short story and the seductive dance are short and intense.
- I see the author of the short story as the dashing male dancer whilst the reader is his glamorous dance partner.
- The male dancer seduces his female dancer with his dance prowess, body shapes and his snake hips. Sigh! The author of the short story seduces their reader with imagery, language and plot twists (the writer’s answer to snake hips).
- A good short story with a dramatic ending is like the end of the dance where the female dancer is spun around and if she is lucky flipped into the air.
- Both a seductive dance and a short story can take you to faraway places in your mind.
- The dancers in a seductive dance are bold and confident with their moves to help convey those feelings of passion and desire. The author is bold and confident with their creative flair to convey the required feelings of the story.
- Both a seductive dance and a short story can leave one feeling breathless, a little flushed and wanting more.
Come on short story writers out there, spin me around and flip me into the air – sigh!
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