quote by Saadat Hasan Manto

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.

— Saadat Hasan Manto

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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.


Writing short stories quote There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's bo
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.

A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.

Writing short stories quote You have the power to say - This is not how my story will end.
You have the power to say - This is not how my story will end.
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Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.

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.

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.


Writing short stories quote Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
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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.

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 short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage.

A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.

Writing short stories quote One bad chapter does not mean your story is over.
One bad chapter does not mean your story is over.

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.


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.

Writing short stories quote Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.
Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.
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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.

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 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.

Writing short stories quote You Can, end of story !
You Can, end of story !
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Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.


I began writing early - very, very early.

.. I was already writing short stories for the radio and selling poems to poetry and art festivals; I was involved in school plays; I wrote essays, so there was no definite moment when I said, 'Now I'm a writer.' I've always been a writer.

I have come to understand that life is too complex and much too short to let amateurs direct the story. I would rather let the Master Storyteller do the writing.

Writing short stories quote Long term consistency trumps short term intensity.
Long term consistency trumps short term intensity.

My short stories are like soft shadows I have set out in the world, faint footprints I have left. I remember exactly where I set down each and every one of them, and how I felt when I did. Short stories are like guideposts to my heart.

Take lots of time for yourself, discovering yourself-pursue not only a profession but other life passions, I always make time to rock climb or hike or write a few short stories. Also, find good people and surround yourself with them. Most importantly, always believe you will, unequivocally.

I write short stories. They may appear big in size, but when you consider it, they're four or five novels in one... In return for picking up one of my books, I'm trying to give them value for their money... the goal of writing any book is to create the illusion that what you are reading is reality and you're part of it.


Writing short stories quote Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and
Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things.

If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden.

One of my standard - and fairly true - responses to the question as to how story ideas come to me is that story ideas only come to me for short stories. With longer fiction, it is a character (or characters) coming to visit, and I am then obliged to collaborate with him/her/it/them in creating the story.

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.

Writing short stories quote Your past is just a story, and once you realise this, It has not power over you.
Your past is just a story, and once you realise this, It has not power over you.
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I'm a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And, failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing.

Many people have said to me, "What a pity you had such a big family to raise.

" "Think of the novels and the short stories and the poems you never had time to write because of that." And I looked at my children and I said, "These are my poems, these are my stories."


I mostly write short stories. They are best written in a continuous creative process. You have a feel of immediacy.

Writing short stories quote Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.

Well, as a short-story writer, I don't think there are any weaknesses to the genre itself. I guess I would say that the difficulty of the form is that one must create an entire world in five to 30 pages, as opposed to 300. There is very little room for fat - you must be economical. And you must begin as close to the end as you possibly can.

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.

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

Writing short stories quote Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.

The writing of a novel or short story or poem or whatever should elevate the audience, not drag the writer down to some level beneath herself. And she - the author - should fight always to prevent that dragging down, especially when the only possible benefit of allowing it to happen is monetary.


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

I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces.

When I was in college, I used to write little ditties and short stories and poetry for my friends. Writing a book is another thing. It is so much different from my traditional day of dirty fingernails and greasy hair and hot pans.

I'm used to writing short stories, which is primarily what I like to read.