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Short story

A short story is a piece of prose fiction that can be read in one sitting. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood. In doing so, short stories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote, yet to a far lesser degree than a novel. While the short story is largely distinct from the novel, authors of both generally draw from a common pool of literary techniques.

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Stephen King has great advice on short story writing, and why it has gone a bit by the wayside.

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John Dufresne begins his video on how to write a short story by telling us to sit your "ass in a chair" and just do it. Good short tips here.

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A great video on how to write short stories. His tips are actually pretty good, and I haven't heard the one about writing the beginning, then the end, then working backwards scene by scene. Some good tips here if you feel stuck in your writing, or if you're just starting to dabble in short story writing.

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