- When I haven't as much time as I'd like for a decent reading session, a short story fills the gap.
- There's a huge range of magazines, anthologies etc to both write for and to enjoy as a reader.
- Short stories are great both in print and online form. (So, to be fair, are novels, but I think short stories work better on mobile phones etc. Short seems to suit the medium better but this may just be me here).
- There are far more competitions for short stories than novels and entry fees, where applicable, are cheaper.
- Short stories can often be extended and become the starting point of a novel.
- I love the idea of short stories being a snapshot in time. A good short story lingers in the memory and, frankly, it is easier to recall a short tale rather than a novel. Much as I love The Lord of the Rings, there is no way I'm memorizing every part of that epic whereas I do recall favourite short stories far more easily.
- Short story publication acceptances can make for quite an impressive listing on the writing CV and can be a great way of showing your commitment to writing.
Fairytales are wonderfully flexible in terms of being perfect for stories of varying lengths. I love short stories, including fairytales, for all sorts of reasons, some of which are:-
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.