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Story Length - The Power of The Short Story

"It isn’t about the number of words the author writes

It is about the story the author tells with the number of words written.... "

Joe Leonardi

I tend to agree with Edgar Allan Poe, who believed that all works should be short.

"There is", he writes, "a distinct limit... to all works of literary art—the limit of a single sitting." He especially emphasized this "rule" with regards to poetry, but also noted that the short story is superior to the novel for this reason.