I love the form and discipline of the short story. In its focus, its compression, the weight attached to every word, the story shares many elements with poetry.
Some thoughts on the short story:
- ‘Something glimpsed from the corner of the eye in passing.‘ V. S. Pritchett
- ‘Art of the glimpse.’ Willian Trevor
- ‘You take a point in time and develop it from there: no room for development backwards.‘ Frank O’Connor
- ‘As in film, you must be conscious in a story of dead air. Twenty mediocre pages won’t hurt a novel, but such slackness would kill a story.‘ Thomas McGuane