• Author Stephanie Hart

Why You Should Start Reading Short Stories Again

When was the last time you read short memoirs or stories? If you’ve been putting off reading from your to-do list way more often than you can recount, then it’s time to change that.

Here’s why you should start reading short stories again.

They Help You Read Regularly

What do you usually do when you have free time on your hands? If your answer is scrolling aimlessly through Facebook or watching random movies on Netflix, then we have an idea for you: try reading short stories.

The increased screen times we’re exposed to have made it next to impossible to read something that’s not a Facebook status or a tweet. The idea of reading a novel makes one reconsider their choices, pressing them to watch something for a few minutes instead of reading long sections of prose.

With short stories, however, you don’t have to worry about extensive plotlines. In fact, you can get done with a short story in as little as 5 minutes, depending on what you opt to read. This helps you get back in the habit of reading. You can even read a short story on your phone, if that’s what you prefer, making time for it while you’re on the subway, taking a break from work, or an hour before going to bed.

They Give You a Sense of Accomplishment

If you’ve been struggling to finish a book you started several months ago, why not switch to a short story instead? Many people often feel discouraged when they find themselves stuck on the same book for too long, resulting in them quitting reading altogether.

If you’re stuck in a similar situation, a short story is a perfect way to help you keep up your reading habit. The reduced lengths of short stories make them easier to finish, even for individuals with hectic schedules. This gives them a feeling of accomplishment, making them more determined to finish the other book they had started. It also encourages them to read more short stories to maintain their reading habits.

They Encourage You to Reread

Another cool advantage of reading a short story is that you can easily re-read it again without thinking, “Do I really want to go through 900 pages again?”

Re-reading is something both avid and non-avid readers do. Going through our favorite manuscripts brings along a sense of comfort and familiarity, making the experience a relaxing one. Moreover, rereading a short story provides you with a fresh perspective, allowing you to think different thoughts and interpret the content in a way you hadn't considered before.

Short stories give you the opportunity to re-read, even if the story didn’t immediately make it to your favorites list the first time around. Since they’re pretty short and easy to (re)read, you can pick them up and go through them again without dreading the number of pages, this time reading them more critically. Who knows; you may be amazed by your newfound appreciation for the story after reading it for a second or third time!

Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories is a collection of vignettes and short stories by Stephanie Hart that can help you get back into reading again. You can find it Barnes & Noble or at Amazon.

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