Sunday, December 16, 2012
Ford County Stories by John Grisham
I read Ford County Stories to learn more about how short stories are written. I like reading Grisham novels and I thought this would be fun. Not. Ford County Stories is a collection of short stories set in Ford County, Mississippi, the setting for my favorite Grisham novel, A Time to Kill.
I enjoyed two of the stories. The rest were okay. Except one, it was awful.
I've been writing a short story that deals with a sliver of my antagonist's, Bob Lee, back story. Most of the blog posts I've been reading on how to write a short story say that it is actually harder to write a good short story than to write a good novel. After reading Ford County Stories by John Grisham I believe them. Grisham can write a great novel.