In literature, a prose can be broadly classified into two types: Fiction and nonfiction. Under fiction, there is further classification - a long form prose such as a novel or a screenplay and a short story. Any fictional story that can be read in a few minutes, and that focuses on an event or a series of connected events is called a short story.
Unlike the long form prose that takes readers through a roller coaster of emotions, a short story tries to evoke a mood or a particular emotion. The writer needs to be clear about what he/she wants to convey through the short story as there is no room for flirting with various schools of thought. When you write a short story, keep the character introductions short and precise. There is no luxury to dedicate an entire chapter to underline a specific quality of your protagonists. The subplots in a short story should be minimal as it will complicate the narrative and elongate the length of the story. A short story can have a word count ranging from 1000 to 4000. Anything shorter than 1000 words can be termed as flash fiction. Some consider writing a short story as an exercise in making your writing concise and to the point. While the emphasis is on the length of the story, the event(s) in the short story should never feel rushed or the emotions conveyed should never feel surface level.
Some of the famous short stories are - O.Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, Anton Chekov’s The Lady with the Dog, Herman Melville’s Bartleby, The Scrivener, and many more.
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Short Story It was about one-thirty in the morning in the town of Homestead Michigan. The almost florescent light of the moon bouncing off the fresh puddles that covered the ground. The grass and trees were covered in a thin layer of water causing every little beam of light to reflect back up. Anyone who may have been outside at this time would have without double, smelled the mix of fresh dirt and night crawlers. As the moonlight started to fade away through the cloud cover, three buses made there
There was a girl named Kandy, she was 15 years old. Her life was extremely boring, all she ever did was go to school, go on her computer, eat and sleep. She spent all summer on her computer. She was really good with HTML and spent her free time making web sites. Kandy didn't have many friends and rarely talked to guys because she was shy and unconfident about her looks. That's why she went into chat rooms. She made a web site with pictures of herself on it and told people in chat rooms to go there
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...the names of those involved have been changed to protect the innocent... March 1, 2001 5:39 p.m. - Nerves, nerves, nerves…how can one letter enclosed inside of an envelope determine so much? Michael Livingston had plenty to lose. Try four years of undergraduate school at Morehouse University, two years of Notre Dame graduate school, and Harvard Law. Yes he had plenty to lose. Walking into the door of his closed-space apartment, he sits down with the letter in plain view. Thump, Thump, Thump
The story of an hour "The story of an hour" has many themes, but mostly shows one main theme, which is dysfunctional marriage. Women in the 19th century were prisoners of their husbands. Life was male dominated. Women were expected to stay at home to cook and raise the children. Not many women had jobs at that time, and even the ones who did, they were paid salaries less than men were. This short story is about the main character Mrs. Mallard who has a heart problem, who got the bad news from
Short stories are wonderful vehicles for ideas and for craft. They can hold up one specific aspect of Story and let it shine like a beautifully cut gem; a character, a plot, a tone, or a world held up in miniature for admiration. What they sometimes lack however, is complexity. For something larger and more intricate you take all of those well-cut gems and put them into something larger, a necklace or tiara--getting past the metaphor, you write a novel. It’s really hard to put as much complexity
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Short Stories What is a short story? A short story is a fictional piece of writing that can range from 1,000 to 20,000 words. Unlike a novel, he reader should be able to read a short story within a short amount of time. Because the length of a short story is shorter than a novel, it usually has one main character (minor characters can be added in limited amounts) and focuses on one plot, setting, and central theme. Why do we write short stories? The answer is simple, they’re practice. Almost all