have been chirping here for close to a month because I’ve had no time to pen a
blogpost due to health issues in the family. In lieu of all the writing I could
have done, I instead did some spring cleaning on my writing-related folders,
though we are firmly in the thick of summer here.
celebrated as Short Story Month. There’s even a website and a challenge associated with it – write a short story every day in the month of May. If you
want to try it even now, you can sign up here.
You will get a prompt for each day which would result in at least a flash piece
if not a full-fledged short story. I find a short story (of around 3000 words) takes
between 3 days to a week to finish the first draft. If I let it linger any
longer than that then the story idea and the excitement that drove me to write
it fades just a little.
I have never
been brave enough to attempt this challenge. The most I’ve done is write one
short story per month and even that’s a pretty good pace for me.
Lit Hub has compiled an excellent
collection of links in celebration of Short Story Month, including a
look at one of the best short stories ever.
Some of my
favourite short stories (mainly from the pre-Internet-era) include:
of the Magi by O.
I read this story as a
tween, and it has stayed with me ever since. Any story by O. Henry is a
pleasure to read, but this is one of the best.
Temporary Matter by Jhumpa
The author’s debut short
story collection The
Interpreter of Maladies won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, and quite
deservingly so. This story introduces the collection, and one of the best of
Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger
Saki was the pseudonym of Hector
Hugh Munro and there are several stories of his that are more popular, like Sredni Vashtar. I read
this story Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger in school, and enjoyed it a lot, especially
the humour in it.
by Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant
wsa another prolific genius writer of short stories, and this is one of his
most famous twist-ending stories. Read it here.
The Luncheon by W Somerset Maugham
One of the funniest short stories by the great W Somerset Maugham. Though his novels are filled with pathos, this particular story wins on humour and irony!
your favourite short stories? Are you writing any short stories right now? Let
me know in the comments below!