112 – Pros and Cons of Short Stories

The Mythcreant Podcast
This podcast won’t be very long. We promise, no more than 10,000 words. That’s because today we’re talking about short stories, those bite-sized morsels of narrative. We discuss how short stories are not simply scaled-down novels, how they’re useful for new authors, and how they require more effort per word than their longer cousins. Wes elevates the conversation by bringing up classic writers like Poe and Chekhov. Oren immediately brings it back down again with silly jokes about a certain gun. Chris has a few choice words about how much time short stories have to mess around in the introduction. Hint: it’s not a lot of time.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

The famous six word flash piece is “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Charles Dickens

Edgar Allan Poe and The Philosophy of Composition

Anton Chekhov and his gun

Is The Cherry Orchard a comedy or a tragedy? 

Chekhov’s Six Principles

The Lady With the Dog


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