Daily Distraction: Why Do I Write What I Do?
Posted on May 29, 2014
I like to alternate between longer and shorter work. The novels give me the opportunity to dig deep into a character’s life, make him or her the complex character we humans tend to be. It allows me to add layers to a story. The short stories and picture books, on the other hand, keep me on my toes. They force me to be concise and precise. They keep me from fluffing up a story.
I see my short stories as études, short compositions to improve my writing techniques. It’s where I focus on one plot, one story line, one character, and one page. The novels are my symphonies, where all my writing skills come – or should come – together, where the plot is complex, and the characters not easily pinned down as good or bad.