Can a story be too short? (Part 2)

How long should a blog post be? How long is a piece of string? The answer is the same to both questions. Blog posts, as with stories of any kind, do not have a ceiling. They do not have a prescribed length, contrary to what the experts say. These same experts say that people don’t…

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Can a story be too short? (Part 1)

Perhaps you’ve read the short story attributed to Ernest Hemingway. His fellow writers bet that he couldn’t write a story in six words. They lost the bet: For sale: baby shoes. Never worn. This may be the shortest story ever told. And it works on every storytelling level. It has a beginning, a middle and…

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Kurt Vonnegut on storytelling

Mr. V. sure knew how to spin a story The following eight points are Vonnegut’s clear-eyed advice to writers of short stories, and while it some of it — like being a sadist — doesn’t exactly apply to business stories (LOL), much of it does. Get to the point, he says, create a rooting interest (a…

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