Do you agree with the likes of Stephen King? Or maybe you think Mary Wortley-Montagu was talking sense. What did they say? Well for those of you who haven't followed me on Twitter or Facebook this week:
Stephen King - 'A short story is like a kiss in dark from a stranger.'
Mary Wortley-Montagu - ' Life is too short for a long story.'
Or what about these evocative quotes from Lorrie Moore - ' A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage' and 'A
And from Andre Dubus is - 'I love short stories...I believe they are the way we live." and 'short stories are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage.'
Don't the wise words by these authors set the atmosphere well? Because a good short story should captures the essence of a moment, and (when done well) tells us all we need to know about the characters involved.
Have your say below, let's talk shorts!
My collection of short, and short-short, stories A Plate of Bits is available to buy in US here and UK here.