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Offline Mark Lawrence

Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2011, 10:34:09 AM »
I quite enjoy writing them - reading, not so much. It has to be a really excellent short story for me to enjoy reading it. I think Stephen King's short story compilations are the only ones I've ever paid for (never stolen any but read plenty on crit groups etc).

The point about world building is well made & probably my 'efficient' style of fantasy was born in trying to write fantasy short stories where the world building had to be pulled out of the reader with a small number of well targetted lines. The three short stories of mine alluded to up thread are all set in the real world, which means less world-building and more story. Also two of them are horror, which is again easier in short form (hence Stephen King's appeal).

I have just last week written my first ever short story set in an established world with pre-known characters (a Prince of Thorns short story) and found it a difficult enterprise. Normally when I write a short story the characters and settings evolve with the plot to serve the story. If you start with several things fixed and relatively inflexible... it's harder to make a good short story.





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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2011, 11:47:59 AM »
I'm not a big short story reader.  I should be as I tend to be a slow reader so that would allow me to get through them more easily, but I like spending time with characters so I tend toward longer works.

I have a HUGE appreciation for people who write short stories as it is (IMHO) a much harder task than writing a novel (my friend who writes short stories disagrees). Because of the limited word count you have to be so much more conscious of brevity.  I've only published two short stories...both of which are "okay" but I think they pale in comparision with my novel work.  If anyone is interested...The Viscount and the Witch is a free short.

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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2019, 05:19:57 PM »
I don't mind reading short stories but  I don't enjoy prequel short stories or  prequel novels for that matter mostly.
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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2019, 07:57:22 PM »
I write them, but shamefully … I never read them.

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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2019, 08:45:12 PM »
I quite enjoy writing them - reading, not so much. It has to be a really excellent short story for me to enjoy reading it. I think Stephen King's short story compilations are the only ones I've ever paid for (never stolen any but read plenty on crit groups etc).

The point about world building is well made & probably my 'efficient' style of fantasy was born in trying to write fantasy short stories where the world building had to be pulled out of the reader with a small number of well targetted lines. The three short stories of mine alluded to up thread are all set in the real world, which means less world-building and more story. Also two of them are horror, which is again easier in short form (hence Stephen King's appeal).

I have just last week written my first ever short story set in an established world with pre-known characters (a Prince of Thorns short story) and found it a difficult enterprise. Normally when I write a short story the characters and settings evolve with the plot to serve the story. If you start with several things fixed and relatively inflexible... it's harder to make a good short story.

I write them, but shamefully … I never read them.

Looks as if you use words more sparingly now in comparison to eight years ago. ;)

I like short stories but besides those from the writing contest I haven't read many in the last years. Next collection on my TBR is Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (Smoke and Mirrors is my favorite single-author short story collection).
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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2019, 08:49:55 PM »
I'm not a big fan, and yes, I only read our contest monthly stories ;D
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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2019, 09:00:18 PM »
I read short stories, but generally only in anthologies. Never hunted down individual ones.
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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2019, 12:57:29 AM »
I much prefer William Faulkner’s short stories vs. his novels.
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« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2019, 04:59:56 AM »
What do you think they lack?

Length  8)

I love novels because I can go deep into another world—one of the reasons I love fantasy. But I do read them sometimes, and occasionally write them, too.

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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2019, 07:58:27 AM »
I'm not a big fan, and yes, I only read our contest monthly stories ;D

You’ve not read Mark Lawrence shorts stories then?  Or any anthologies Like fight like a girl.
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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2019, 08:07:44 AM »
I'm not a big fan, and yes, I only read our contest monthly stories ;D

You’ve not read Mark Lawrence shorts stories then?  Or any anthologies Like fight like a girl.
I said I wasn't a big fan, not that I hadn't read them :P
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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2019, 02:25:14 PM »
I love short stories

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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2019, 04:35:16 PM »
I enjoy short stories depending on my mood. Trying something myself with them. I'm writing a much larger story through a series of short stories that take place throughout a characters life. Each can stand alone, but all add up to a bigger tale.
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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2019, 11:38:38 PM »
Short stories are such a staple of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. I can't think of any other genre where they are done so well. Historically Science Fiction and Fantasy writers got their break selling short stories to monthly titles. A quick google or a more knowledgeable (or older) member I am sure can bring up the names of a few of those magazines/ anthologies.  Even now there are several anthologies published a year. George RR Martin is one of many famous compilers (along with Silverberg and Dazois). Many sci fi and fantasy writers will at some point in their career put out a collection of their short stories (Joe Abercrombie did in the last few years and Neil Gaiman has 3 very good collections. If you are a fan of the genre and not reading short stories I do honestly feel you are missing out a bit.
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Re: Who reads short stories?
« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2019, 01:37:22 AM »
I quite enjoy writing them - reading, not so much. It has to be a really excellent short story for me to enjoy reading it. I think Stephen King's short story compilations are the only ones I've ever paid for (never stolen any but read plenty on crit groups etc).

The point about world building is well made & probably my 'efficient' style of fantasy was born in trying to write fantasy short stories where the world building had to be pulled out of the reader with a small number of well targetted lines. The three short stories of mine alluded to up thread are all set in the real world, which means less world-building and more story. Also two of them are horror, which is again easier in short form (hence Stephen King's appeal).

I have just last week written my first ever short story set in an established world with pre-known characters (a Prince of Thorns short story) and found it a difficult enterprise. Normally when I write a short story the characters and settings evolve with the plot to serve the story. If you start with several things fixed and relatively inflexible... it's harder to make a good short story.

I write them, but shamefully … I never read them.

Looks as if you use words more sparingly now in comparison to eight years ago. ;)

I like short stories but besides those from the writing contest I haven't read many in the last years. Next collection on my TBR is Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (Smoke and Mirrors is my favorite single-author short story collection).

You're in for a treat! I read all Gaiman's short story collections for the first time last year and Trigger Warning was by far my favourite of them  :)

King is probably the best at it though imo.

That said, didn't know Mark Lawrence had written any, so will definitely be giving them a look!
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