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Why don’t you write more short stories?

Bruno

Why don’t YOU write more short stories, Bruno, since they’re so easy.

I dunno, I’m just less interested in shorts. I’ve never fallen in love with a short story the way I’ve loved plenty of novels. I like how they can be tricky. If you have a great idea for an ending and not much else, a short story is ideal. But this also annoys me a little as a reader, too, like the whole time the author is trying to outsmart me. Then it’s, yes, wow, you got me, I did not realize that whole family was going to die. Well done you. That’s another thing: they all have horrific endings. I realize this includes my own short fiction. I had a short story idea just yesterday and it seemed like a good one but the ending would be horrible for all involved. Who wants to read that? Not me. Wow I hate short stories.

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Jack Muriano (#6950)

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Posted: 1816 days ago

Machine Man subscriber Max

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Posted: 1806 days ago

Exactly.

Machine Man subscriber M.I.Minter (#347)

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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Posted: 1806 days ago

awwww! I love your vampire werewolf short story. I like reading magazines and having a little short story in it that exposes me to a new author. I find if I like an author's writing style, I could read anything they write and be engaged.....like squiggles about a sport that they obviously made up. I look at short stories as the free sample at the grocery store, who knew I liked couscous? I'm just glad you're writing again....no that's not right....I'm just glad I get to read your writing again.

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Posted: 1786 days ago

Actually I like that vampire story too. That's probably my favourite. I should write more short stories.

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