What makes a short story?
From what I have gathered there are the detailed characterizations as well as an influx in action- with a word limit. It’s like the emotions are heightened and the actions are swift but yet happening at a down-tempo. You need to create tension within a short amount of words, whereas usually, you can spend pages upon pages on a single scene.
I’ve never been one for few words.
I like detailed descriptions and quirky conversations. I enjoy creating scenes with no page limit in mind. But now I have been tasked (by my university) to create a four-page short story. And I’ve been staring at my introductory sentence for over two weeks now. Because I cannot think of anything that can be said within that page limit that could create tension and a solution and be memorable and exciting. Right now, I guess, I am just a little too inside my head. So now I ask my fellow community for a little insight:
What, according to you, is the most important element of a short story?
And how to go about it.