The case for writing short works:
- They’re less daunting than longer works. Most of us can even tolerate our internal critic for the length of a short piece.
- If you lose interest in your subject, you only have to slog through a few hundred words.
- They can be wedged into available time. I write them on my daily transit commute.
- They must be tight; every word counts more. This makes short pieces excellent editing practice.
- They build writing momentum, making us brave enough to tackle longer projects.
Best of all, short articles can be assembled into a longer work. Many newer books follow this format. The Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series is a good example, as are Jennifer Lawler’s Dojo Wisdom books.