A Short Story Is Like A Seductive Dance #Writers #Amwriting


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.
Lorrie Moore

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.

Neil Gaiman

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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34 thoughts on “A Short Story Is Like A Seductive Dance #Writers #Amwriting

  1. To write a short story would be therapy indeed. Instead, onward I go, fighting with formatting my novel and neglecting my dear blogging friend, blondeusk. Hopefully, I will surface again sometime in the next fortnight, so that I can stop for a long natter over a virtual cup of coffee. Sorry about my absence. I’ve just written an apologetic post over at my place, which includes an impish poem as a peace-gift 🙂 Missing you. Will return soon.

      1. Sorry to hear that you’re suffering emotional turmoil with that novel of yours, Blondeusk. Why, oh why, do we put ourselves through all this stress? I often think how much easier life would be if that creative muse didn’t keep clawing at my back, demanding attention.

  2. idk how i didn’t see this sooner. was wondering why you didn’t post today. i like it! it is the same!

  3. Swing by and read one or two. I’ll shamelessly direct you to my “One Crazy Story” and/or “The Stallion.” Both are short, easy, inspiring reads… But of course I’m biased. 😉

  4. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    This is so true, Blonde! Thank you for this.
    I hope to start writing short stories soon. I also hope to publish an anthology of short stories sometime in the near future. It will be about the aftereffects of war.
    Peace, love & happy writing to all,
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:

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