There should be a simple litmus test to determine how good or bad a short story is. And it should be this: Hours after reading one, does the reader still remember the characters and the settings? Is the story, or the people who populate it, memorable? This method of assessment has a drawback for authors because by its very definition, a short story lends itself to broad-brush strokes rather than detailed descriptions. In other words, writing a short story inevitably comes with its own set of unique challenges.
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First Published: Fri, May 25 2018. 21:51 IST