EUDORA WELTYWith the complete guide, one would think a budding short story writer would soon learn the knack of writing decent stories, and perhaps one day turn into Eudora Welty. You remember her, don't you? I recently found another treasure at my local Half-Price Book Store titled "A Curtain of Green and Other Stories," by Eudora Welty. The first printing was in 1941 and the book has been reprinted many times. Her works are taught in college English courses.
"Curtain of Green" contains seventeen short stories, ranging in length from twelve pages to twenty-five pages. In case you're wondering the exact length of a true short story, her stories probably can be considered the water mark.
The titles of her stories in "Curtain" are creations in themselves: "Lily Daw and the Three Ladies," "Old Mr. Marblehall," "Petrified Man," and "Death of a Traveling Salesman,"—to name a few.
You didn't know Eudora Welty wrote "Death of a Traveling Salesman?" She did—in 1930. And how many times has that twenty-five-page story been read, and re-read, and studied, and turned into a stage play? She was born in 1909 and died in 2001, went to college but returned home to live out her days in the home she was born in. She never married, but was said to be a "dreamy" sort of girl. I believe this "dreamy" characteristic came about because she was creating stories in her head. We've all done that, haven't we? Looked dreamy? Or maybe in a trance?
I am no Eudora Welty, nor do I wish to be. But I value the short story more because of her talent, greatness, and influence.
These days, I'm turning more and more to writing shorter stories. Call them what you will—short stories, short fiction, mini-novels, or novellas—each one contains the same elements as any piece of fiction.
I've written three short stories, each one 1500 words long. The accepted length for a true short story is less than 7500 words. Anything less than 1000 words is considered "Flash Fiction." Novellas typically range from 17,500 words to 40,000 words.
The three short stories (Free Reads) are on my author's page on The Wild Rose Press website. The limit was 1500 words, but each one became about 3000 words, with no way to cut out half. However, I had a wonderful editor and she assured me I could. I began to work on each one, and at last, shortened it successfully. If you read one of these, you'll never know which words I omitted.
My short stories are:
The Wedding Auction—1500 words—The Wild Rose Press
Merry Christmas, Victoria—1500 words—The Wild Rose Press
Wishes Do Come True—1500 words—The Wild Rose Press
California Cousins—1900 words—my blog, click at top
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