Monday, 6 March 2017

Goodreads Short Story Group

If you're bursting to discuss your favourite short stories, then this new Goodreads discussion group is for you. 

Lovin' Short Fiction looks at what's happening in the short story world right now as well as glancing back at all those classic short stories from all over the world. We talk about reading stories to get the most out of them, and about writing short fiction yourself.

The current Challenge is to ask yourself “What short stories made you?” This fits in with my recent Kitchen Table blogpost, Books are the Things that Make Us.

Anyone who joins can choose books to add to the list and can set up a discussion about short stories.

Discussions going right this moment include;

Horror stories  Just how horrible can they get?
“My daughter won’t stop crying and screaming in the middle of the night. I visit her grave and ask her to stop, but it doesn’t help.”
"Horror is not a genre, like the mystery or science fiction or the western. It is not a kind of fiction, meant to be confined to the ghetto of a special shelf in libraries or bookstores. Horror is an emotion." He was correct and his words have become a rallying cry for the modern horror writer." author Douglas Winter.
 “You get home, tired after a long day’s work and ready for a relaxing night alone. You reach for the light switch, but another hand is already there.”

Alice Munroe's free to read stories

Alice Munroe. It’s not easy to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for writing short stories, but Munroe has done it.

Why is this little book black? A look at the short stories of the writer of Possession.

Out in 2017  A rundown of current fiction, which includes Tessa Hadley's next book of short stories, Bad Dreams.

Autobiography in Short Stories;  If you've ever written a story, you might agree with Raymond Carver that "A little autobiography and a lot of imagination are best.” Ernest Hemingway is anther writer to stick broadly to his life's experiences in his fiction.Do you love or hate stories that are clearly autobiographical?

Multi-genre Short Stories  - which collections ignite the best spice of life by having a load of different stories to chose from? One way of gettering lots of genres under one cover is to publish the prize-winners of a competition. 
Another is by having a collection of 
Themed short fiction - Unchained celebrates the long history of the Bristol library and is all about libraries…futuristic, ancient, musty, sexy, ghostly, deathly. Meanwhile,  You, Me & a Bit of We uses various point of views to dip into a variety of genres. What are your favourite themed short fiction collections?

How easy it is to write a short story? This self-help group will be continuing to tackle the impossible task or creating a story in very few words.

Take a look at it now by going to Lovin' Short Fiction

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