Enjoy American writer, Joy Williams’ 8 Essential Attributes Of The Short Story.
She explores ‘the failure of life in America, from a spiritual as well as economic perspective, as a virtual certainty. Her characters, generally from the middle class, frequently fall from it, at times in bizarre fashion, in a form of cultural dispossession.’ (via)
Her first collection of short stories, Taking Care, was published in 1982. Here are her tips for short story writers.
Joy Williams’ 8 Essential Attributes Of The Short Story(Source)
- There should be a clean clear surface with much disturbance below.
- An anagogical level.
- Sentences that can stand strikingly alone.
- An animal within to give its blessing.
- Interior voices which are or become wildly erratically exterior.
- Control throughout is absolutely necessary.
- The story’s effect should transcend the naturalness and accessibility of its situation and language.
- A certain coldness is required in execution. It is not a form that gives itself to consolation but if consolation is offered it should come from an unexpected quarter.
And One Way It Differs From The Novel
- A novel wants to befriend you, a short story almost never.
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