- The market for short fiction is gone
- A reasonably prolific novelist can earn a decent living.
- Skill is less at a premium
I find this last point interesting. A poet has sixteen lines to get their idea across. A short story writer has maybe two thousand words, but the novelist has between sixty and a hundred thousand words. The novelist can come at her idea from many different directions. And she doesn’t have to be a great writer – her characters and the story carry the reader along. It would be easy for me to claim that’s why I’m a novelist – because skill is less at a premium, but I know that I must work hard at my writing. Readers are not fooled.