Sail the main course in a simple sturdy craft. Keep her well stocked with short stories and long laughs. Go fast enough to get there but slow enough to see. Moderation seems to be the key.— Jimmy Buffett
Joyful Short Story quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
Here in Manto's own words that he wanted to mark his grave with: "In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of short-story writing.... Under tons of earth he lies, still wondering who among the two is greater short-story writer: God or He.
It's possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring—with immense, even startling power.
You have the power to say - This is not how my story will end.
I've read short stories that are as dense as a 19th century novel and novels that really are short stories filled with a lot of helium.
The novel wins by points, the short story by knockout.
A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
Skill alone cannot teach or produce a great short story, which condenses the obsession of the creature; it is a hallucinatory presence manifest from the first sentence to fascinate the reader, to make him lose contact with the dull reality that surrounds him, submerging him in another that is more intense and compelling.
Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.
Jesus was short on sermons, long on conversations;
short on answers, long on questions; short on abstraction and propositions, long on stories and parables; short on telling you what to think, long on challenging you to think for yourself.
One bad chapter does not mean your story is over.
A short story relies on those values that make poetry and jazz what they are: tension, rhythms, inner beat, into unforeseen within foreseen parameters
I worked on 'Blue Peter' and 'Tonight' and lots of TV plays, filmed people like Rudolf Nureyev and Ted Heath, and ended up a senior cameraman with my own crew. I'd had my first short story published in 1947, and when my writing really started to take off I decided to go freelance, and eventually left the BBC in 1965.
A short story padded. A species of composition bearing the same relation to literature that the panorama bears to art. As it is too long to be read at a sitting the impressions made by its successive parts are successively effaced, as in the pa
Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.
My favorite author is Anton Chekhov, not so much for the plays but for his short stories, and I think he was really my tutor.
Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.
Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you put in the right details.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
Long term consistency trumps short term intensity.
Short fiction seems more targeted - hand grenades of ideas, if you will.
When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like atmosphere: it's a lot smokier and less defined.
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.
Life is too short to be anything but real with the cast of characters God has placed in the story of your life. Love well, laugh often, and find your life in Christ. Don't hide away or be a follower. Be the wonderful unique person God made you to be, and know that your purpose will always be best when defined by your faith in him
Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things.
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.
The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.
For the source of the short story is usually lyrical.
And all writers speak from, and speak to, emotions eternally the same in all of us: love, pity, terror do not show favorites or leave any of us out.
You Can, end of story !
I love the necessary ambiguity of short stories - there simply isn't time to render every detail, so much of the story that orbits the literal prose must happen in the reader's imagination. Who knows, maybe the dwindling attention spans means a lucrative future for short story writers.
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.
A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story.
Your past is just a story, and once you realise this, It has not power over you.
I was cautious in what I said before the young lady;
for I could not be sure that she was sane; and, in fact, there was a certain restless brilliancy about her eyes that half led me to imagine she was not.
A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage.
A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.
When I started out in the early 1930s, there were a great many magazines that published short stories. Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing.
You know my name. Not my story.
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.
For me, being a writer was never a choice.
I was born one. All through my childhood I wrote short stories and stuffed them in drawers. I wrote on everything. I didn't do my homework so I could write
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
The first writing I did was short short stories for a newspaper syndicate for which I was paid five dollars a piece on publication.
I had lots of time to read [being a lawyer] what I hadn't read in my school and college days. Being a bad student I barely passed my exams and I barely bothered about books. It was sports all the time. I started reading and got involved in literature and writing. The few cases I handled gave me the material for my early short stories.
Always in the short story there is this sense of outlawed figures wandering about the fringes of society.... As a result there is in the short story at its most characteristic something we do not often find in the novel--an intense awareness of human loneliness.
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.
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.