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So what's a short story?
In a current year I was asked: "What is a short story? "My first response was that it was something that could be seen in one session and gave the readers a unique lighting, suddenly and gold like sunshine crashing through thick clouds. In my view, a "real" short story is much nearer to poetic than the novel.
Did Alice Munro's "long rambling" short films or short films get asked? If we leave aside poetics or the poetical beginning for a while, we debate the counting of words; when is a short story too long to be a short story? Do you have an offical point where a short film becomes a novel, another where a novel becomes a novel?
Are Hemingways The Old Man & the Sea (very short) really a novel? Let's arrange for us to treat up to 10,000-word histories as short story. I' m trying not to be final here, so let's choose some of the short story's outlines. I raved about a really marvelous story by Nathan Englander named "The Twenty-Seventh Man".
" This is a "memory for life", a story that every other author should be reading, and one that I will be reading over and over again. A novelist said: "The subject of a novel will not be part of a short story; it is like trying to put a wall painting in the context of a thumbnail.
" This short story - Alice Munro an exceptional (perhaps) - is an illustration of a facette of mankind. That is why it is said that short novels usually "say something", often a small or small something, but sometimes with such a degree of accuracy that the effect is excellent, even a living element for the readers, something like a spiritual event or a never-recurring natural world.
I would like to take a moment to point out that for me the short story is perfectly short with a poet's sense of speech, with the accuracy of a writer, and that the form and the sound and rhythm of the words are more often part of the effect of the work than is normally seen in the novel.
It tries to make a hallucination of reality, an understanding of humanity and shape is so narrow, so scarce that we can quarrel over precise meaning well into the smoky nights. In Rust Hills' outstanding work, General & the Short Story in particular, he refused to describe the short story, but he is willing to speak about its essence.
Firstly, he says, a short story is about something that happens to someone, and secondly, a short story (he means serious rhetoric by the way) will show a more harmonic relation between all its facets than any other kind of the arts, with the possible exclusion of lyricism. The confusion that often plagues the student about the definitions of short story is that other types of words, narratives, drafts, vignettes or lifestyles often find their way into a collection.
Readers were looking for the intellectually and spiritually "hit" of the great short film and were slightly entertained instead. Well, OK, for now, "under 10,000" words at the long end, (and that's at the very long end) of the short story, but how short? Shall we say that under 1,500 words is not a short story?
First, great authors can do in 600 words what a sound author could do in 1100. The Commuter " was 599 words, "Prairie Dogs" 760, "Forty-two" 799 words; and "Henry V" (1,050) and "Dog" were too "long" a huge 1,100 words. I' d consider them all short story, but somewhere down there, perhaps at 500 words, the mere narrowness begins to build a new animal, often very interesting, but "sweet" and an intelligent practice that is more of a literature than a nature of giving the truths.
There is an yearly contest in Britain for "Brians", according to Brian Aldiss, which has made the shape popular, for "stories", in exactly 50 words. From a technical point of view they may be short histories, but I don't think they are "short stories". Allen Poe said that the short story should have a singular and singular effect and that every words, every phrase should be important.
" There' is a certain unit in a well thought-out short history of qualitiy, which I rather call a topic. That kind of determined intensities in a novel would carry, but in a one-seat agreement with the readers of a short story it is assumed that the readers will do it.
So when the story has value, the story often seems deep. OK, so far my definitions have arrived here: The short story is a story, seldom longer than 10,000 words or less than 500 words, usually 1,500-5,000 words - a reading, but with enough space and emphasis to move the readers.
It' s narrower and more focussed to create a unique effect, the importance of history, most often through incidents that affect a modification or refusal of modification in an individu. Each aspect of a short story is intimately connected and mutually reinforcing: speech, POV, sound and atmosphere, the sound as well as the significance of the words and their rhythms.
Shorts are more complicated - they have to be perfection, completely in themselves". He has published his award-winning short story works in a number of media outlets, among them The Atlantic, BBC Radio 4, Blue Moon Review, Southern Ocean Review and more. He' a contributing editor to the IWT.