Why I like short stories by Maria Savva
I like reading short stories as well as writing them.
I’ve always liked getting into a well written novel with characters that you can follow and watch as they develop, but the short story has a different type of appeal for me.
I find that when I’m busy it’s hard to fit reading around that; I might start a novel and then have to stop reading it half way through and by the time I’m able to get back to it I’ve forgotten what was happening and it’s frustrating having to go back and try to work out who is who. You never have that problem with a short story, because with most short stories you can read the whole thing in one sitting.
When I’m very busy, I find that short stories help to fill the gap and feed my reading addiction.
A good short story, one that is well written, will transport you to another place and time just as effectively as a novel. It will entertain just as much as a novel. A short story uses less words, but tells a story, a whole story, within those few pages. It’s a completely separate art form and should be respected as such.
In a short story, you may only get a peek through a window at someone, and it may only be recounting a moment in time. There isn’t time for character development, there aren’t enough words for description and background. With a well written short story, however, you will get the essence of all of these things. And you will feel satisfied at the end and feel as though you’ve been on a journey with the author in the same way as you would with a novel.
One of my readers who never read short stories, but had previously enjoyed reading my novels, offered to beta read for me. I sent her Delusion and Dreams, and she has told me that since reading the collection she now loves short stories, and the last time I heard from her she was reading another short story collection. It makes me happy to think that I had something to do with changing her opinion about short stories.
I think in this increasingly hectic world that we live in, the short story has a part to play. It gives us the essential escape from reality in a nutshell.
I’ll always love novels, but I think I love short stories just as much.
As a writer, I am always being inspired by things, and I find that short stories are a great way to keep my creativity alive when I’m too busy to find time to really concentrate on writing a full blown novel.
Many more writers are writing short stories these days, and there are plenty of great collections out there. Next time you’re shopping for books, why not browse a few of the short story collections on offer? You might be pleasantly surprised.
Twelve stories of betrayal, greed, revenge, deception, dreams, and courage.
We all struggle to find our way. What you see isn’t necessarily all there is. This collection takes you into the grey area, because the world is never just black and white.
Life is all about perspective. One person’s delusion is another person’s dream.
Includes five bonus stories.
Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. Her most recent novel is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller.
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