On writing long short stories versus short short ones

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“When you write a long short story, it’s not that different from writing a novel, because you have to design the story. You have to have some kind of blueprint, you have to know where you’re heading. It’s very much like navigating. But when you write a really short story, it works differently. It’s much more like surfing. You take your board, you go into the water, you wait for a wave, and then you jump on the board, and the only thing you’re trying to do is not to fall off the board. You really don’t ask yourself, ‘Where am I heading? Where will it end? What am I trying to say?’ You just say, ‘If I keep the tone, the tone will take me somewhere.'”

—Etgar Keret (x)

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