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Secret of Short Story writing


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

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