Sunday, August 02, 2009

What is a Short Story?

What is a Short Story? This article by Marion Zimmer Bradley can be found at

It gives her definition of what a short story is and why amateur writers do not get published. It is worth the read. For example, Ms Bradley reminds us that "Most short stories work on some variation of the following (so do most novels, but the novel works at a different speed):A LIKABLE CHARACTER overcomes ALMOST INSUPERABLE ODDS and BY HIS OR HER OWN EFFORTS achieves a WORTHWHILE GOAL."

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