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A short piece of advice from Roberto Bolaño on how to write short stories which intrigued me as m...A short piece of advice from Roberto Bolaño on how to write short stories which intrigued me as my ongoing new novel has turned into a number of short stories which I am attempting to write at the same time with the result of the writing being often messy yet surprisingly fulfilling:
Now that I’m forty-four years old, I’m going to offer some advice on the art of writing short stories.
1. Never approach short stories one at a time. If one approaches short stories one at a time, one can quite honestly be writing the same short story until the day one dies.
2. It is best to write short stories three or five at a time. If one has the energy, write them nine or fifteen at a time.
3. Be careful: the temptation to write short stories two at a time is just as dangerous as attempting to write them one at a time, and, what’s more, it’s essentially like the interplay of lovers’ mirrors, creating a double image that produces melancholy. (more)