Defining the Short Story To get started, you can consider this definition from a standard literary glossary: c&a relatively brief fictional narrative in prose, anywhere from 500-15,000 words in length. Distinct from the csketch d or the ctale d in that it has a definite formal development, finding its unity in more than plot 4in character, effect, theme, tone, mood, and style. d Here are some interesting definitions offered by graduate students in a fiction writing workshop: I once heard or read somewhere that a novel is a work of fiction of a certain length that has something wrong with it. Perhaps a short story is a work of fiction of a certain (somewhat shorter) length that has nothing wrong with it.
I don 9t mean to evade the question; I think a short story can be any number of things (snapshot, an entire life, a voice coming to me from an interesting place) but the main thing it is, if it succeeds, is true to itself in all its elements. A hard thing to define. A short story is brief, growing excitement and lingering recollection and pleasure.
Kind of Wordsworthian. 1 A good story should come back on you. An asterisk ... more. less.
in time.<br><br> A story is a fully realized world. After passing through this world, the reader sees his own world differently. A story is a narrative wherein a character absorbs an experience.<br><br> A short story is about something unforgettable to the writer for some reason. Otherwise, it shouldn 9t be written. It has characters, scenes or settings, and usually tension and conflict.<br><br> It reveals the subtleties of the event by language, order/structure, and portraits. It is about place and feeling and people. A short story is a slice of life 4the thinner the better.<br><br> A short story should provide some kind of continuous dream which the reader can enter, commune with, and leave having felt something. Imagining a life you could never have imagined yourself, a life that might 9ve killed you, or made you immeasurably happy, a life that by its very simple depiction seems ultimately strange, ultimately imagined, yet true. A short story is a narrative that gives the feeling of being absolutely complete despite its brevity.<br><br> 1 Nineteenth century British poet William Wordsworth is famous for his definition of poetry as cthe spontaneous overflow of powe rful feelings recollected in tranquillity. d