“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” - Neil Gaiman
What makes a good story?
More than just entertainment, a fine short story will always focus on a fragment of truth that matters to you. Such a short story often relates a brief incident, to create a unity-- a harmony of details-- that will expose you to a deeper experience of life. The climax of a good short story can flash inside you like a bolt of lightening or gently glow like a candle. In fact, the light a fine story gives you can linger for a lifetime.
The short story is a work of fiction created from the writer's imagination and personal vision. If you surrender to the writer's narrative voice-- that enchanted moment when you begin to hear a storytelling voice-- you will be transported into another world. And always, the best short stories will say to the deepest part of you, You are not alone.