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Author Topic: Novelists versus Short Story Writers  (Read 447 times)
Witty Bard
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« on: February 13, 2014, 04:12:24 pm »

Inspired by a previous thread... Do you think there is a distinction between novelists and short story writers?  Can novelists develop short stories from either an existing or an in-the-works novel?  Can a short story writer develop a short story into a novel?  What are your personal experiences?

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 05:59:13 pm »

Many writers are very successful in both forms. But I've met several who find it difficult to adapt to one or other.

I know one writer of historical novels who researches the time/place of interest until stories start to suggest themselves. He then writes short stories, which eventually form the raw material for the novel.



  
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 06:34:07 pm »

Yes and no I'd say (pretty much in agreement with Mr Duncan) I can't be specific with authors I'm familiar with, but there are writers who can mix and match writing, take Agatha Christie for example, who is most famous for her novels but she also wrote a great number of plays (and often adapted her own novels for the stage), or even Shakespeare, he wrote a HUGE number of poems and sonnets in addition to his plays. But, then again there plenty of writers who are brilliant at one type of writing/genre but can't write anything else for toffee. It seems to depend on the author and their abilities, I mean I personally sort of flip between my novel and other short stories (two of which were developments/amendments of sub plots in ideas I've had for novels) but I can't really say how my skills in writing both compare.
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 07:13:10 pm »

Yes and No, I think you need to be able to work in both catagories however, with thought, a noval can be crafted from several short stories know as acts!
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2014, 08:14:18 am »

tried both. For some reason I get more short stories than novels. Course it's still quantity vs. quality...Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2014, 07:23:25 am »

H.G.Wells. Brilliant at both, I would say.

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