A short story is in some ways more difficult to write than a full-length book. Your short story should have all of the plot, characterization and meaning of a book, but written in only a few pages rather than a few hundred. A short story has fewer characters than a full-length novel, and covers a shorter span of time. Usually these stories cover only one event and focus most of the story on only one character. Short stories vary in length, but are generally shorter than 7,000 words.
- Make every sentence count. Because of the short nature of the story, every sentence you use should convey information. There is no room for filler or a lot of secondary characters. Each sentence should fill in the setting, flesh out the characters and further the plot.
In today’s busy world, there are many readers out there who simply don’t have time to read a lot of full length novels, and short stories are a great way for busy people to get their fix of fiction stories. Short stories also open up different publishing markets that are not available to full-length books, such as the many magazines that publish short stories.