Here are some sources of inspiration for those of us finding our voices as writers and/or honing short stories…
If you own any modern short story collections, some of these works are probably in there. Or, other works by these same authors will be.
Which, by the way, if you are a young writer and you don’t own any story collections yet, I highly recommend picking up one from your local bookstore, or finding a used copy online. Even if you’re a novelist, short stories provide great quick studies into the how to craft an effective story.
1. “Incarnations of Burned Children” by David Foster Wallace
What it’s about: There’s an accident, and a child gets hurt.
Why it’s awesome: It’s short and punchy. No, really, it will feel like someone punched you in the stomach.
What you should pay attention…
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