That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones, with the punctuation in the right places. . .
Raymond Carver, writer
I’ve heard many writers talk about the art of writing a good short story.
The tightness and economy of a strict word count teaches a writer everything they need to know about writing.
Helen Garner and Raymond Carver choose their words wisely and I have read their stories over and over again in my attempts to understand how they make it work.
Here are four of my short story offerings.