Everything has to be pulling weight in a short story for it to be really of the first order.
I recall that my workshop leaders were tactful in their ways of acquainting me with my shortcomings as a writer. So much so that I hardly realized they were doing it. I want always to keep that sort of thing in mind when I’m teaching. The way you get better in everything in this life is to make mistakes. Otherwise you’re probably doing it right by accident. But you have to do everything wrong before you can really start with some authority to do it right.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- John Updike American Author
- Raymond Chandler American Novelist
- Ernest J. Gaines American Novelist, Short-Story Writer
- Norman Mailer American Novelist, Journalist
- Lloyd Alexander American Writer
- George R. R. Martin American Writer
- Jonathan Lethem American Novelist, Essayist
- Jeffrey Eugenides American Novelist
- Anthony Bourdain American Chef, TV Personality
- Orson Scott Card American Author