The Short Story – An Introduction by Patrick Carpen

Last updated: September 9, 2017 at 13:01 pm

The short story, like this photo, is often shrouded in mystery.

Can you write a short story inspired by this picture? Give it a shot: let your imagination take the reins!

Whereas a poem expresses a thought in a few brief lines, a short story goes a bit more in-depth. A short story may open with an exposition or delve right into the action, then weaves a plot which escalates into a climax. When the problem faced by the main character is resolved, it is called the “resolution” which signals the ending of the short story.

A short story then is shorter than a novel but longer than the average poem. Whereas a novel delves into every nook and cranny and gives extensive narration, a short story cuts right to the chase and gets straight to the point.

It would seem like the writer is rushing to the end of the story.

I have been writing short stories since I was a child, and here you will have the opportunity to read a great number of them.

Have fun!

Patrick Carpen

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