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A Short Thought For The Day

Having recently posted my thoughts about ‘Devil’s Peak’ by Deon Meyer, I have since been contacted by Lucy, at publishers Hodder & Stoughton, to see if I would accept a copy of Deon’s latest book, ‘Thirteen Hours’.

This is great, as I really enjoyed ‘Devil’s Peak’, so I can’t wait to get my hands on Deon’s latest offering, featuring his character, Detective Inspector Benny Griessel.

Meantime, I would like to share a short thought from Deon, that seems to make perfect sense to any author trying to break through in the fiction world:

“I still believe that short stories are the best way to learn the craft of writing.

Short stories teach you a lot about story structure – and you have limited space to develop character and plot.”


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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Julie,

      As a child I used to love being somewhere on my own, where I could sit and write a short story, but these days I seldom find myself picking one up to read.

      I do think that being able to write a good short story must discipline you well, into being able to construct a solid framework for a longer novel.

      I know I hate it, if there isn’t a distinct beginning, well developed plot, and definite closure at the end of the book.

      Books that introduce characters without telling me who they are, or giving them a personality, annoy me.

      Books, or for that matter television or films, that come up “To Be Continued….”, REALLY annoy me!!!

    • Hi Kathy,

      I think that Julie made a good point, when she said that the fewer sentences you are able to put into a story, the more pertinent, well thought out and better they have to be.

      Every word needs to count, it must really concentrate the mind and hone the writing skills.

      I wonder how many authors start out consciously writing short stories by choice as a natural progression path to the full novel, and how many just find themselves writing short stories in the hope of getting themselves noticed.

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