Kafka Never Had an iPhone

A little while ago I was asked if I’d contribute to the brilliant Thresholds International Short Story Forum (based at the University of Chichester), so I did.

I wrote a piece on how short stories and flash fiction and the like should not be easy to write. And they shouldn’t be. Short fiction isn’t some sort of game, it isn’t something that can be plonked onto the page in a matter of minutes. It isn’t something that should be played at. It’s something that demands time and care and craft. Like all forms of art.

So, if you’d like to see what I had to say about short fiction, about the writing of it, about my own process, and why Kafka didn’t have an iPhone, you should click here.

2 Comments on “Kafka Never Had an iPhone

  1.  by  Sam Sattler

    Excellent piece and advice, Nik. I’ve come to believe that writing short stories, especially flash fiction, is probably more difficult than writing a novel. Sure, a novel takes more time, but there is so much more room to cover one’s missteps in a novel. Short stories don’t allow that luxury.

    •  by  nikperring

      Thanks Sam (and thanks, too, for the traffic lights!). I actually don’t think it’s more difficult than writing a novel (loads of different problems come with that – and I’ve not written one, so I don’t really have the right to compare). BUT. I do think that every art form deserves and demands respect – especially from those creating it/them. I think I’ve seen far too many people jump on the short fiction band wagon because it’s easy and quick and new (so they say, and they are wrong), and that makes me uncomfortable because it devalues it – and that, for me, isn’t right. Err, so there! I guess that’s my rant for the year done!

      Hope all’s great with you!


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