O.Henry, the popular American short story writer, says the following about the secret of Short Story writing. O.Henry was the pseudonym of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910).
"I'll give you the sole secret of short-story writing, and here it is:
Rule 1. Write stories that please yourself. There is no rule
Rule 2. The technical points you can get from Bliss Perry. If you can't write a story that pleases yourself, you will never please the public. But in writing the story forget the public."
Some of his popular short stories -
An Afternoon Miracle
A Car Loan
The Detective Detector
Hearts and Hands
The Indian Summer of Dry Valley Johnson
The Last Leaf