“9 Ways Writing Short Stories Can Pay Off for Writers” by Anne R. Allen | 7th January, 2015 | The Writer’s Dig | Writer’s Digest.
“I thought short stories stopped being relevant for professional writers decades ago, when mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post stopped publishing fiction; I equated short fiction with those finger exercises piano students do before they graduate to real music. If you’re serious about a career in fiction, you write novels … right?
Wrong. Short stories are having a revival in the digital age. As book marketing guru Penny C. Sansevieri wrote in The Huffington Post, “Short is the new long. Thanks to consumers who want quick bites of information and things like Kindle Singles, consumers love short.” It seems the short story is back—on an iPhone near you.
Here are nine factors working in favor of a short story renaissance:
- Small, portable screens are changing the way we read
- Anthologies are hot
- Publication identifies you as a professional
- Networking with short fiction editors can further your career
- Filmmakers buy rights to short stories
- Online retailers favor authors with more titles
- Short fiction contests can build your bio
- Shorts keep fans engaged and draw new ones
- Today’s short stories make money and hold their value.
Short stories are great for practice, too. Learning to write short can keep your prose from getting flabby. You shouldn’t give up on your magnum opus, but try a few ideas out in short stories. You’ll be grateful you have inventory when opportunity comes knocking.”
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