The Making of Flash Fiction

The Making of Flash Fiction

When writing flash fiction, it’s pretty much looking at an iceberg in the reverse. You have to see the big unseen picture, so you can be able to appreciate the smaller one. Case in point: when I was inspired to write the story “Hands Off” I pictured how life would be for a family if […]

So Bad…It’s Good: Brokebutt Mountain

So Bad…It’s Good: Brokebutt Mountain

As the Short Story Guy, I started this blog to focus on short stories and, of course, have some fun. So, we introduce the “So Bad…It’s Good” series: once a month, we review a short story (or sometimes, a novel) that’s been turned into a film, by making our own parody movie. It’s my hope that our […]

Together We Can Change The World

Together We Can Change The World

When I started this site, I had high hopes. But I must admit, there were many doubts too. Over the months I have seen this site grow beyond my wildest dreams. And I have each and every visitor that comes to Paul Worthington Books, or shares this site with others, to thank for its huge […]

Hands Off

Hands Off

I just have to say it – I appreciate every reader that finds his or her way to our blog. Thank you – you are the best, hands down. Speaking of hands, do you like yours? I like mine’s. I wash my hands a lot, even when they are clean. Have you ever thought how different […]

How Short Can a Good Short Story Be?

How Short Can a Good Short Story Be?

It is said, though not proven, that Hemingway coined this short story: For Sale: baby shoes, never worn. Serious flash fiction, right? And it definitely is a story: a beginning, middle, and end. And for myself, it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever heard. But it seems there is an unspoken rule in the world […]

Why Do You Read Short Stories?

Why Do You Read Short Stories?

I’ve been writing short stories for eight years, and I tell you – never have I come across a more fascinating, fun, and inspiring literary form than short story writing. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve read many novels in my lifetime. Sidney Sheldon, Khaled Hosseini, Donald Goines – I run the gambit when to […]