Friday, 17 January 2014

Human crises

I have said before that I am always struck by the way many writers are drawn to the very toughest of times in people’s lives.

That has been underlined by several entries into this month’s Global Short Story Competition.

Tough subjects, relentless realism, brilliantly told, they focus on tense moments, difficult encounters, human crises and powerful emotions and draw you into the drama so that you can feel the tension, experience the pain and empathise with those in the story.

For me, if you are going to tackle a tough subject - serious illness, death, betrayal, separation - the best writing is the writing in which the author plunges him or herself deep into the action and drags the reader with them whether they want to go or not.
Plenty of time to enter this month’s Global Short Story Competition at

John Dean

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