The longer the book, the better the story, right?
All books must have a final page somewhere. (That’s why I’m a fan of the series! There’s always the promise of another book coming soon.) But for those times when shorter is better, here’s what master fiction writer Stephen King says about short stories:
“There’s almost an art of miniaturization that’s involved. It’s a difficult craft.”
Well said, Stephen King. Sure, I can usually write a short read in fewer weeks than it takes me to write a full novel. But a short read adds the challenge of putting the complete tale in fewer words and increasing the pace. It’s a significant challenge to make one cookie instead of a dozen, right? A single television one-hour episode can be as challenging (or more so) to create than a feature-length film, story-wise. Packing all the necessary elements into shorter elapsed time isn’t easy!
Personally, I think a good short read is a great thrill because something happens immediately. The first page begins mid-action. And to hold our interest, the writer has no choice but to keep up that quick, thrilling pace.
It reminds me of that show on HGTV, Tiny House Hunters.
It follows home buyers in their search for a tiny home. Really tiny. Like, 200 square feet or so, making the most of every square inch. Which brings me back to Stephen King’s point. Even in a “Tiny House”, the entire home is all packed in there. Bathroom, sleeping area, kitchen, living space, and so forth. The space is just used very, very efficiently.
So? Does a bigger house mean a better home? Does a longer book mean a better story? What do you think?