Motivation Monday: The Big Power of a Little Story

Hi, there. Are you an essayist or a short story writer who has tried to make it into the big leagues of memoir and novel-writing? Here’s something for you today.

I think about the “big leagues” of writing often. Novelists and memoirists get all the acclaim, and the glitz and glitter attracts me like a socialite to a Harry Winston store. In comparison, it makes my contributions to literature seem… tiny. Shallow. Unaffecting and trivial.

Do you feel that way sometimes?

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Short stories and little essays and single poems have a lot of power. In fact, can you remember the last time you were exalted or devastated by just a single sentence? Maybe it was, “We’d like to offer you the job,” or “I want a divorce,” or “Mom’s in the hospital, and you should get here soon.”

Words are powerful. And the curious thing is the sheer amount of words doesn’t add to or diminish their power; sure, short stories don’t make the Times bestseller list, but they can still leave a reader undone, unmade, and transformed.

Maybe you were in the big leagues all along.

Do you worry about making it into the “big leagues”? I know I do. I try not to. Share your experience in the comments.