Writing Tips – Short Story Fundamentals. “Rules” of the Short Story:
While a list of short story “rules” does nothing so much as invite exceptions, we can point to a few characteristics that most successful stories share.
• Short stories can be said to have a beginning, middle, and end
• Unlike many novels, short stories generally have a single viewpoint character
• A short story usually covers a smaller time frame than a novel, and usually has fewer characters
• Much of the action of a story tends to be dramatized in scenes
The most important “rule” of short story writing, though, is that there is no absolute rule. Whatever works, works. As short-story writer and teacher Lee K. Abbott puts it, “Bigger than all the rules is the story.”