NaNo Rebels: The Art of the Short Story


As we begin to dive into NaNo Prep season, we’ve talked to some NaNo Rebels working on non-novel projects. Today, NaNoWriMo participant Monique talks about some of the advantages of short story writing:

The beauty of words lies in their ability to be manipulated into so many different forms of media. While novels have given us the power to create worlds of magic and decay and everything in between, they’re not the only source of stories that stick in people’s heads for ages to come.

Take “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, a 1953 short story about a family vacation gone very, very wrong. The story itself is around 6,500 words and yet has become a staple in creative writing class discussions. I read this story back when I was a freshman in high school, and to this day as a graduate student, I still wonder about that batty grandmother and The Misfit.

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