On writing

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Short Stories

I have attached three short stories to this page. They represents the short story when it is best. On a limited space present a focused and razer sharp story which leaves the reader with a lasting impression.

  • The Signal Man of Charles Dickens
  • A Very Short Story by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Last Night of the World by Rad Bradbury

Hemingway quotes on the writing process

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.

It was a very simple story called “Out of Season” and I had omitted the real end of it which was that the old man hanged himself. This was omitted on my new theory that you could omit anything if you knew that you omitted and the omitted part would strengthen the story and make people feel something more than they understood.