I have been writing blogs for sometime now. Did I seek any assistance while writing? Did I attend any courses while I was attempting to write the blogs? Did I take online courses? My answer is no to all questions. Now I am thinking of making attempts to write short stories, once in a while. What do I need to do? Maybe I should take an online course, I will make attempts to write some stories and check with friends for responses. I am trying to understand and differentiate between two forms of literature.
What I find is that there are going to be major differences in the blogs, and stories. A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or a diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be. We can say that a blog is our own blog site. that we are going to update it on an ongoing basis. Blog is a short form for the word web log and the two words are used interchangeably.
A short story is a fictional work of prose that is shorter in length than a novel. Edgar Allan Poe, in his essay “The Philosophy of Composition,” said that a short story should be read in one sitting, anywhere from a half hour to two hours. Because of the shorter length, a short story usually focuses on one plot, one main character (with a few additional minor characters), and one central theme. Short stories also lend themselves more to experimentation.
Now that we are done with defining these two formally, I will try to explain the differences in my own words. When I write a blog, it may be about a couple lines of poems that I read, a single sentence that I come across or a major event. It could even be a minor event. It can be about day to day occurrences, interactions and observations. But ultimately what I write is my views, my analysis and my thoughts. Most important aspect is, it is about facts, it may be my philosophical observations, my strong/ sometimes wrong views about things. But it is all mine. Friends, you may have different opinion about the same. You inform to me by way of comments, e mails and phone. At least with a few of you, I get an opportunity to interact.
But I am sure the short story is different ball game. Firstly, it is fiction. Then it is required to end in such a way that it will make a good impact. Subject matter for stories are unlimited. With these requirements of the format, some of you may not like my stories, some of you may feel that I am writing stories about subjects that are taboo, some of you may like love stories, war stories, travel related stories. Maybe I will never write on the subjects that you prefer in stories, so you may never like my stories! I am aware of this, I would rather have someone telling true opinion rather than saying, oh! It’s ok!
Narrative of a story is more like grammar which is rule based. Whereas the blog is conversational and free flowing. While blogging, I feel as if I am talking to you folks. I know that I am going to take some time to achieve some kind of quality in the stories that I may write. I hope more of you will give me your suggestions on my stories and help me to add a variation I my literary attempts! I request your support.
Given below is link for my first story that I have attempted. I have followed the suggestions made by different sites. This has minimum number of characters, hopefully it has a good beginning and an unexpected end. I have tried to keep it really short. I shared this with a few friends and as expected, I had different opinions. My intention was to get the blunt opinions and I got them. As expected, I got opinions from average to good. I had kept two endings to the story. Most found one of them very insipid. So, in final version I have kept only one ending. One friend did not like the story at all. I had requested them to opine as if they did not know me. A couple of them were literary persons. I have also received some excellent suggestions but at this juncture I find it beyond my capacity to apply those suggestions, as a beginner. Hopefully over a period, I will improve. I have noticed the same thing when I started blogging. My initial blogs were ok but I myself feel that I am improving with each new one. There is always a scope for improvement and I go by your suggestions.
The name of my first story is “Lavender Smell!” Here is the link