My Thoughts: Life is a series of short stories

Photographer J Gerald Crawford consuming a culinary tradition of Martinique at the end of a hot day. It was just another short story in his life.

The plots, both good and bad, change from day-to-day, and only a few characters remain from the first breath to the last.

Life is simply a series of short stories piled one on top of the other.

Full of pathos.

Full of humor.

Full of drama.

A little love.

A little sorrow.

A little anger.

Occasional suspense.

Always a mystery, usually fraught with a secret or two, and frightening at times.

The plots, both good and bad, change from day-to-day.

And only a few characters remain from the first breath to the last.

But the short stories are pieced together like colorful squares in a patchwork quilt, some torn, some frayed, some able to withstand any of the trials that ill winds blow your way.

So it is with a novel.

When you write a book, don’t worry about how grand or how sweeping the epic will be. Concentrate instead on crafting a myriad of individual short stories that makes a novel either memorable or quickly forgotten and probably unread.

Each chapter is a short story.

Each scene is a short story.

Each passage of dialog is a short story.

And all of them should have a beginning and ending.

All have a touch of conflict or tension, even if it only deals with the inner struggles of the characters.

Follow the short stories piled one on top of the other. And one morning, you’ll wake up and see the end in sight, and you will wonder how you got there so quickly, and you’ll feel a little sad because you’ve arrived.

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