This year I read and analysed over 400 short stories — mostly (although not solely) science fiction, fantasy, and horror. If you are nominating for various awards, I’d love to have this considered for relevant non-fiction categories.
Here, for ease of reference, are links to the monthly posts, along with some more general descriptions of patterns I was noticing.
- Story Shapes — Three-Mood Stories (background)
- January 2022
- February 2022
- March 2022
- April 2022
- May 2022
- June 2022
- Purgatorial stories — hallmarks and patterns
- July 2022
- August 2022
- September 2022
- Short stories — rites and rituals and structure
- October 2022
- Some ways to retell a fairy tale
- November 2022
I took December off, but am looking forward to starting again.
It’s been a fascinating and fun project. I’ve learned so much about reading as a writer, and drastically increased the number of stories as was reading. It’s also led to more writing (and drawing), and I’ve given several workshops and a paper on short stories, with more to come.
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