Short Stories vs Novels
Length and depth – what wonderful two words. In short that’s the difference between short stories and novels. I have to admit I am rather partial to short stories. I don’t have to wait for days before the ending is revealed. I can pick a tale to suit my mood at the time and often, I don’t have to use much brain power to follow the plot. Essentially, it’s a quick fix – a quick escape into another world. I frequently start or end the day by reading a short story as they don’t hold up the jobs I have to do. Similarly, as I get to finish it, I can sleep without fretting over what will happen in the next chapter.
I enjoy reading novels too. Except, I like to sink into those when I have a few days to chill out and relax. It’s either that or immerse myself into my NCIS box set. I am a quick reader so I can easily finish a 300-page novel in a few days. I love it when I visit another world and connect to a character. For me, it’s as good as going on holiday, and I have a lot more destinations at my fingertips.
As for writing short stories vs novels – I am a person who likes detail. So, overall I prefer to write novels but I find everyday life often interrupts my time with the characters, which I find frustrating. On those occasions, housework goes out of the window, and casserole becomes the meal of choice as I can shove all the ingredients into a dish and chuck it in the oven.
While writing a novel, I go through periods of confusion too, mainly when I’ve lost the timeline, or found myself at a fork in the plot. Deciding on the right course for the characters can be a bitch, especially as I’m a seat of the pants writer. It means I have actually to plan out the rest of the story. Then, all I want to do is throw it up the wall and yell, but I don’t actually do that. Instead, I take a few days break and re-visit it later with, hopefully, a clearer mind. I’m doing that at the moment with a story I’m in the middle of.
As much as I enjoy short stories, it is difficult to get the depth of feeling into them and give the reader a satisfying read. One doesn’t have as much time to endear the characters to the readers or pull at their heartstrings. It’s like including all the emotion of the movie Titanic into a quick recount of a trip to the shops. One hasn’t got a large enough word count to create a background that would hold up to hard scrutiny, and one has to get to the crux of the story quicker.
At the end of the day, I love writing and regardless of length all my stories are part of my extended family.
A Tale of Three Shorts by Taylin Clavelli
A Tale of Three Shorts Tour gets readers up close and personal with three late fall releases by Taylin Clavelli. The three short stories, Invisible, Sleepwalking, and DIY Delights, will take you from loss and sorrow, to tender love, to laughter, and a deep sigh when you finally reach the end of each tale. Come meet the men of A Tale of Three Shorts and their stories!
What do you do when you become invisible to the love of your life?
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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OJ2EDWG
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00OJ2EDWG
Devastated by loss, Matthew sleepwalks through life, existing but not living. Can someone rescue him from his waking nightmare and help him to live again?
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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OJ31UYO/
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00OJ31UYO/
While renovating his first house with his partner, Mike, Duncan discovers a plethora of reasons to use his favourite word… Bollocks!
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AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OJZ2GUE/
AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OJZ2GUE/
AMAZON AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00OJZ2GUE/
About the author:
Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.