Short stories can not only make a fantastic read, encompassing a myriad of emotions and truths within maybe 2000-4000 words or less, but they’re also an excellent way to sharpen your skills as a writer.
I’ve used them to work on paring back my words, and to make my descriptions more… descriptive. Hmm, must get back to work on that particular story 😉
I’ve started ones that are all action and no dialogue, and ones that are all dialogue. Yep, they’re really hard to write well! And not easy to read, if they’re not written well.
This is something I’ve never seen before: a short story Dialogue Only Contest run by the literary magazine Bartleby Snopes (great name!). I liked a number of the past winners, especially the inaugral one, Cooking Chinese by David Williams.
I’m going to attempt to enter this competition, if I get my piece finished in time (it closes 15 September 2015). Click here for some tips put together by the magazine from what they’ve learnt after reading hundreds of dialogue-only stories. It’s good advice for any dialogue in any story!
So wish me luck 🙂