Short stories are present everywhere now – in books, on the web, calendars, greeting cards – just look around. Many people love them – they make you stop and think for a minute, smile to yourself or think “hmmm.”
But when it comes to using them as stories to tell – many don’t. Rather often I hear this remark from people “they are too short, not enough a plot worth opening your mouth for.” Well, I’ve been observing people who do tell very short stories. They don’t really tell them as short as they are written. First of all, something has to ignite the decision to tell them. There is a thought behind this decision and this thought is usually connected to the need to say something you want the other person to observe from another perspective. It’s like telling a proverb but you don’t have to use the exact wording in a short story.
So I see these very short stories as gems – they are lovely to look at and they reflect what you put them next to. And you don’t have to see yourself directly like in a mirror.
When I tell a very short story I take the freedom to elaborate, to prepare the listener, to reflect, to allow time for silence after the story but I try not to suffocate the gem with it’s pendant.