Every story, regardless of its length, pulses with literary themes at its heart. So for this week’s edition of “Theme: A Story’s Soul” at DIY MFA, I turn the column’s focus from novels to short stories. With the help of examples from authors Alethea Black and Ted Chiang, we’ll explore how short stories effectively examine their themes despite – or maybe because of – their word count restrictions and smaller “big picture.”
A Note About My Recent Blogging Absence
I’ve had to take some unexpected time off from blogging the past few weeks. Things have been crazy at my day job (which, unfortunately, has led to increased stress and anxiety again 😦 ), and the father of one of my best friends recently passed away. So I might not post anything new here until I’ve caught up on comment replies and made enough progress with my next articles for Writers Helping Writers and DIY MFA. Hopefully I’ll get back to visiting friends’ blogs soon, too, but I’m going to take my time with all of that.
Hope you’re all doing well. Remember to keep writing and reading, be kind to yourselves, and tell the people who matter most to you that you love them. ❤
As always, if you have any comments on the DIY MFA post, or if you have suggestions on theme-related articles you’d like to see in the future, feel free to share them here or at DIY MFA.