Friday, April 9, 2010

Thoughts on the short story

Over at Sterling Editing, we have our usual roundup of links for writers. The most interesting, for me, is the BBC Story link to thoughts by brilliant writers and editors and publishers on what a short story is and how it works.

Here, for example, is a quote from the publisher of Salt:

We see short stories as one step away from poetry; the public and book world see them as one step away from novels. This, I reckon, is the general crux of the matter: they have an identity crisis. Neither fish nor fowl, they don't easily fit and, perhaps because of this, are sadly misunderstood and overlooked, possibly by both camps.

I think stories can be either. Brilliant stories (the kind of thing Kelley writes) can be both. You?

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