The craft of the short story

Ed A. Murray

This past Tuesday I released my third book,a collection of short stories called In a Northern Town.

It seems my writing is getting shorter and shorter. Maybe it has gone with the attention spans of our youth.

First came the novel. Then came a novella, which I followed up with a second novella. Being connected, I then published them together in one book. And then I started writing short stories.

I had heard that short stories were difficult to write, but that if done well could be extremely beneficial to a writer’s career. They offer glimpses into the talent, about what a reader might discover if he or shepicks up a novel by the same author. They also offer an additional opportunity for promotion, as they can be submitted and appear in various magazines or online journals.

Seems easy, I thought to myself. Just crank out…

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