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Does Publishing Short Stories Matter?

By Holly Lyn Walrath
Oct 10, 2019 · 2,464 words · 9 minutes

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From the author: Why writing short fiction matters, the economics of writing, leaning into your oddness.


Today I want to talk to you about writing short stories.

I have a friend who is currently exhausting himself in order to write a novel. Let’s call said friend Axel. (Axel would hate that I named him Axel.) Anywho, Axel spends months devoting all of his writing time to The Novel. He writes a draft. He rewrites it. He hates the draft, he decides to give up. He comes back to the novel after a month and revises it again. This brutal cycle has been going on for a long time.

I love Axel, but I...

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