How can we write scenes that keep the pages turning? By creating the conditions that will enable readers to relate with our characters. Our brains are wired to react to stories. Think about it: have you ever been so engrossed in a book or even a movie and forgotten where you were? Have you ever been so absorbed in a novel you lost all track of time?
Some of the greatest writers started out writing short stories—Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and Mark Twain to name just a few. And while short stories may not be as popular today as the novel or bestselling fiction in the front of bookstores, they still serve a purpose. Many in fact. For readers and writers alike.