What's the difference between an Essay and a Short Story
Posted April 30 2007 - 9:27 AM
Posted April 30 2007 - 10:13 AM
a short story is just that, a story. doesnâ€™t have to do anything and can be fact or fiction. doesnâ€™t even have to have a purpose or point, or even a clear beginning, middle and end in my opinion. a good one would hopefully be entertainig, but Iâ€™ve read some real crap that qualifies as a short story.
maybe some other poindexter could chime in or be ambitious enough to check wikipedia...
Posted April 30 2007 - 10:19 AM
Posted April 30 2007 - 10:22 AM
Posted April 30 2007 - 12:18 PM
Posted April 30 2007 - 12:33 PM
Simple Essay = at least 5 paragraphs. One opening paragraph stating your argument and points of argument, 3 (or more) body paragraphs detailing each point of your argument (number of paragraphs dependent on number of arguement points in opening paragraph), and a closing paragraph summarizing your argument.
Posted April 30 2007 - 12:55 PM
I wrote what I think is a short story, 1758 words. Wifey, who is going for her masters in childrens lit says it's an essay.
The story is of our annual 4th of July neighborhood celebration where the entire block and relatives came, contributed and had a day of fun. It tells of the day from beginning to end at night.
It is fact based but told more like a story.
Wifey says it's an essay and can't be submitted for a short story contest.
What to do ?
Posted April 30 2007 - 1:07 PM
it doesn't really matter though, your wife is always right. never met her, but i'm more sure of that than anything essay vs. short story.
Posted April 30 2007 - 1:14 PM
it doesn't really matter though, your wife is always right
So, you do know my wife !
Posted April 30 2007 - 6:14 PM
Posted April 30 2007 - 11:36 PM
Posted May 01 2007 - 5:11 AM
Posted May 01 2007 - 5:35 AM
Steve in mass: short story
Posted May 01 2007 - 5:54 AM
A short story is fictional.
The event you wrote about would be factual so it is an essay.
In other words, yes she is correct, though if she were incorrect it does not matter, you married her you have to accept that she will be right anyway.
Posted May 01 2007 - 5:56 AM
Originally Posted by dena
a short story would be a subplot(real or fiction) that happened at the party. ex aunt mary and neighbor sam got caught behind the fireworks stage, and had a blast.
Unfortunately no, a short story is totally fictional. The "subplot" would still be an essay unless it was totally fictional in which case it becomes a story, short or otherwise.