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Short Story Quotes: "A short story relies on those values that make poetry and jazz what they are: tension, rhythms, inner beat, into unforeseen within foreseen parameters"

A short story relies on those values that make poetry and jazz what they are: tension, rhythms, inner beat, into unforeseen within foreseen parameters




Short Story Quotes: "The great thing about a short story is that it doesn't have to trawl through someone's whole life; it can come in glancingly from the side."

The great thing about a short story is that it doesn't have to trawl through someone's whole life; it can come in glancingly from the side.




Short Story Quotes: "I would really hope this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel."

I would really hope this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel.



Short Story Quotes: "Writing a poem is like having an affair, a one-night stand; a short story is a romance, a relationship; a novel is a marriage-one has to be cunning, devise compromises, and make sacrifices."

Writing a poem is like having an affair, a one-night stand; a short story is a romance, a relationship; a novel is a marriage-one has to be cunning, devise compromises, and make sacrifices.




Short Story Quotes: "I'll give you the whole secret to short story writing. Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself. There is no Rule 2."

I'll give you the whole secret to short story writing. Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself. There is no Rule 2.



Short Story Quotes: "A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film."

A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.



Short Story Quotes: "I want the reader to feel something is astonishing. Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens. These long short story fictions do that best, for me."

I want the reader to feel something is astonishing. Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens. These long short story fictions do that best, for me.




Short Story Quotes: "While there may not be a book in every one of us, there is so often a damned good short story."

While there may not be a book in every one of us, there is so often a damned good short story.



Short Story Quotes: "I have before suggested that a genuine blackguard is never without a pocket-handkerchief."

I have before suggested that a genuine blackguard is never without a pocket-handkerchief.



Short Story Quotes: "For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock."

For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock.



Short Story Quotes: "I wasted a lot of years working on my writing and very grandly saying, 'And now... My Novel!,' which would soon be reduced to a short story, then to a paragraph."

I wasted a lot of years working on my writing and very grandly saying, 'And now... My Novel!,' which would soon be reduced to a short story, then to a paragraph.



Short Story Quotes: "The short story is the art form that deals with the individual when there is no longer a society to absorb him, and when he is compelled to exist, as it were, by his own inner light."

The short story is the art form that deals with the individual when there is no longer a society to absorb him, and when he is compelled to exist, as it were, by his own inner light.




Short Story Quotes: "Somewhere around the place I've got an unfinished short story about Schrodinger's Dog; it was mostly moaning about all the attention the cat was getting."

Somewhere around the place I've got an unfinished short story about Schrodinger's Dog; it was mostly moaning about all the attention the cat was getting.



Short Story Quotes: "The short story is the literature of the nomad."

The short story is the literature of the nomad.



Short Story Quotes: "Writing a short story is like having a short intense affair, whereas writing a novel is like a long rich marriage."

Writing a short story is like having a short intense affair, whereas writing a novel is like a long rich marriage.



Short Story Quotes: "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."

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.



Short Story Quotes: "A short story is what you see when you look out of the window."

A short story is what you see when you look out of the window.



Short Story Quotes: "To write a short story, you have to be able to stay up all night."

To write a short story, you have to be able to stay up all night.



Short Story Quotes: "Nothing will get you into trouble so deep or as sad as faith."

Nothing will get you into trouble so deep or as sad as faith.



Short Story Quotes: "Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story."

Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.



Short Story Quotes: "You can write a short story in two hours. Two hours a day, you have a novel in a year"

You can write a short story in two hours. Two hours a day, you have a novel in a year



Short Story Quotes: "Every now and then I'll do little things, a short story or something, that doesn't have any fantastical elements, but mostly I like the power of playing God and I like to imagine things."

Every now and then I'll do little things, a short story or something, that doesn't have any fantastical elements, but mostly I like the power of playing God and I like to imagine things.



Short Story Quotes: "San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth."

San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.



Short Story Quotes: "My short stories have always pushed twenty pages. That's no length for a short story to be. You either do them short like Carver or you stop trying."

My short stories have always pushed twenty pages. That's no length for a short story to be. You either do them short like Carver or you stop trying.



Short Story Quotes: "A short story is a different thing all together - a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger."

A short story is a different thing all together - a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.



Short Story Quotes: "I find it satisfying and intellectually stimulating to work with the intensity, brevity, balance and word play of the short story."

I find it satisfying and intellectually stimulating to work with the intensity, brevity, balance and word play of the short story.



Short Story Quotes: "When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. What I want is to have the reader come out just 6 percent more awake to the world."

When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. What I want is to have the reader come out just 6 percent more awake to the world.



Short Story Quotes: "I am writing about people who are alive in the city of New York during mid-20th-century America. And these people are like a character in a play or they are figures in a short story or a novel."

I am writing about people who are alive in the city of New York during mid-20th-century America. And these people are like a character in a play or they are figures in a short story or a novel.



Short Story Quotes: "Short stories consume you faster. They're connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they're also a total joy."

Short stories consume you faster. They're connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they're also a total joy.



Short Story Quotes: "In a rough way the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is to a house carpenter."

In a rough way the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is to a house carpenter.



Short Story Quotes: "All of my problems are rather complicated - I need an entire novel to deal with them, not a short story or a movie. It's like a personal therapy."

All of my problems are rather complicated - I need an entire novel to deal with them, not a short story or a movie. It's like a personal therapy.



Short Story Quotes: "Everything has to be pulling weight in a short story for it to be really of the first order."

Everything has to be pulling weight in a short story for it to be really of the first order.



Short Story Quotes: "It's probably why I'm a short story writer. I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form, in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time."

It's probably why I'm a short story writer. I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form, in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time.



Short Story Quotes: "Chekhov - shall I be blunt? - is the greatest short story writer who ever lived."

Chekhov - shall I be blunt? - is the greatest short story writer who ever lived.



Short Story Quotes: "Within a scantily plotted, novella-style narrative (the movie is an adaptation of a short story by Tom Bissell), single shots become story events that mere mention would spoil."

Within a scantily plotted, novella-style narrative (the movie is an adaptation of a short story by Tom Bissell), single shots become story events that mere mention would spoil.



Short Story Quotes: "I would recommend the short story form, which is a lot harder to write since you have to be so careful with words, until there is plenty of time to doodle through a novel"

I would recommend the short story form, which is a lot harder to write since you have to be so careful with words, until there is plenty of time to doodle through a novel



Short Story Quotes: "NOVEL, n. A short story padded."

NOVEL, n. A short story padded.



Short Story Quotes: "Short story characters, mine anyway, are usually driven by impulse, not so much by their histories and the choices that they have to make."

Short story characters, mine anyway, are usually driven by impulse, not so much by their histories and the choices that they have to make.



Short Story Quotes: "The short story is still like the novel's wayward younger brother, we know that it's not respectable - but I think that can also add to the glory of it."

The short story is still like the novel's wayward younger brother, we know that it's not respectable - but I think that can also add to the glory of it.



Short Story Quotes: "While the novel-writer aims at an eminently natural method of transcription, the author of the short story adopts a very artificial one"

While the novel-writer aims at an eminently natural method of transcription, the author of the short story adopts a very artificial one



Short Story Quotes: "Like some kind of particularly tenacious vampire the short story refuses to die, and seems at this point in time to be a wonderful length for our generation."

Like some kind of particularly tenacious vampire the short story refuses to die, and seems at this point in time to be a wonderful length for our generation.



Short Story Quotes: "I know for a fact that - it's just the way our biases work now in the industry of literature, but certainly a short story collection does not receive the same kind of attention as a novel."

I know for a fact that - it's just the way our biases work now in the industry of literature, but certainly a short story collection does not receive the same kind of attention as a novel.



Short Story Quotes: "You become a different writer when you approach a short story. When things are not always having to represent other things, you find real human beings begin to cautiously appear on your pages."

You become a different writer when you approach a short story. When things are not always having to represent other things, you find real human beings begin to cautiously appear on your pages.



Short Story Quotes: "I write movies, so - I look at boxing, and I commentated on it, as if I were telling you the story of a movie or a short story."

I write movies, so - I look at boxing, and I commentated on it, as if I were telling you the story of a movie or a short story.



Short Story Quotes: "Some photographs are like a Chekhov short story or a Maupassant story. They're quick things and there's a whole world in them. But one is unconscious of it while shooting."

Some photographs are like a Chekhov short story or a Maupassant story. They're quick things and there's a whole world in them. But one is unconscious of it while shooting.



Short Story Quotes: "Newt Gingrich wrote a novel, and he's a short story. Bill Clinton wrote a biography, and he's a novel."

Newt Gingrich wrote a novel, and he's a short story. Bill Clinton wrote a biography, and he's a novel.



Short Story Quotes: "I still read Hemingway. I still read his short stories because they're so good. He doesn't waste any words."

I still read Hemingway. I still read his short stories because they're so good. He doesn't waste any words.



Short Story Quotes: "I started a short story but it was so dreary that even my pen threw up."

I started a short story but it was so dreary that even my pen threw up.



Short Story Quotes: "Readers tend to devour short stories on a newssheet, but would be disinclined to read them in collections"

Readers tend to devour short stories on a newssheet, but would be disinclined to read them in collections