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Memorable Quotes: The Short Story

Memorable Quote pic“You learn by writing short stories.  Keep writing short stories.  The  money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.”

~ Larry Niven


“Short stories are designed to deliver their impact in as few pages as  possible.  A tremendous amount is left out, and a good short story  writer learns to include only the most essential information.”

~ Orson Scott Card


“A short story…can be held in the mind all in one piece.  It’s less like a building than a fiendish device.  Every bit of it must be cunningly made and crafted to fit together perfectly and without waste so it can perform its task with absolute precision.  That purpose might be to move the reader to tears or wonder, to awaken the conscience, to console, to gladden, or to enlighten.  But each short story has one chief purpose, and every sentence, phrase, and word is crafted to achieve that end.  The ideal short story is like a knife–strongly made, well balanced, and with an absolute minimum of moving parts.”

~ Michael Swanwick

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