What makes us Different?
I have recently taken to reading Flash Fiction and 100-word stories on writers’ blogs. I find it immensely fascinating that those of us who take pride in our written work do so in many different forms.
Put another way, is there a perceptible difference in the ability of a writer who churns out novel-length stories of 90,000 words, compared to, say, another who pens a 100-word story, 40 lines of poetry, or the three-line, seventeen-syllable Haiku?
The layperson would assume that the discipline required to pump out novel-length works would place that particular writer at the top of the tree. Not so. I have seen (and try to imagine) the greater discipline required to ‘confine’ a story to a limited word count. We all hear the cliched, ‘make every word count’. But, to actually achieve that, takes, from my perspective, far greater control than the ability to ramble on for hours with often superfluous ‘padding’ to make up a novel.
I wonder if it might it be timely for some of us ‘novelists’ to afford greater appreciation (and respect) of our contemporaries ‘condensed’ works?