There are several short story reading benefits that many readers overlook. We are already aware of the benefits of writing short stories. They are far less of a writing commitment and they can convey a strong message in a short read time.
Short story reading has a surprising amount of benefits however, that often seems to be overlooked. Here are some benefits you can expect to enjoy from reading more short stories.
1. Short Stories Are Easy to Finish
A lot of the benefits of reading short stories are tied into the benefits of writing one. A short story is significantly shorter than a book. In the time it takes you to read a chapter you should be able to complete reading an entire short story. This makes them relatively easy to finish.
If you find yourself struggling to read entire novels or you struggle to find the time to consistently read, you may want to try reading more short stories. The fact they can be read in one sitting is a great advantage.
2. You Can Explore More Authors
I enjoy looking into the styles of many different authors. That being said, it is not easy to explore many different authors when reading books north of 80,000 words long. Short stories make it much easier to discover more authors.
You can read a story you like and dig deeper by discovering other stories by an author or you can jump from one short story author to the next. With quicker read times, there is a lot of room for you to explore what authors you like.
If you find one and they have a novel published you would have discovered it reading short stories.
3. You Can Explore More Genres
When I am investing the time needed to read a novel I normally stick to my favorite genres. However, when reading short stories I am far more likely to branch out and try something new. If I do not like it as much that is okay. At least now I tried it.
On the other hand, if I fall in love with a story in another genre that is great too. Who does not love discovering new genres they can enjoy.
4. Short Story Reading Goals Are More Manageable
When you are trying to get back on track with reading it can be tough to set yourself goals that you can stick to. Completing a book a week is surprisingly manageable, but it can seem daunting.
On the other hand, a short story a day feels extremely manageable. Short stories are a great avenue to explore when it comes to getting back into reading.
5. There is No Fluff
I love reading books, but sometimes I get frustrated with all the unnecessary information. It just gets to be too much. This is especially so in books that do not quite feel like finished products.
Fortunately, this is not an issue when it comes to short stories. With the limited word count and fast pace, authors simply do not have the time to bore you with meaningless fluff. Every word in a short story has a purpose, and that makes it exciting.
6. They Can Be Inspiring
Finding inspiration as a writer can be tough. One of the best ways to find inspiration in reading. For many authors that means reading books. However, reading short stories can be just as good if not better for discovering inspiration for your writing.
Reading a short story before writing could be a great way to get some inspiration flowing in your veins.
7. It Will Help You Learn How To Write a Short Story
When people start writing short stories they often make mistakes or wind up confused. The story structure of a short story is a lot different than that of a novel. While tips can certainly help, nothing is better than reading the real thing.
If you are interested in writing short fiction I highly recommend you take the time to read more of it. You will quickly pick up on some of the common practices and patterns a successful short story follows. Sometimes reading is the best teacher when it comes to writing.
In my opinion, short stories are a vastly underrated type of fiction. In their short nature, they can deliver an intriguing story and leave an emotional impact on you as the reader. Sometimes they can even be more powerful than books, which is astonishing considering they are at least twenty times shorter on average.
Short story reading benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks. The only major drawback is the lack of time you get to connect to characters and settings.
If you do not read short stories I recommend you give them another chance. Many readers shut the door on them far too soon. You may find that you enjoy them more than novels. Do not worry, you do not have to choose. There is plenty of time in your reading schedule to fit both of them.