one paragraph stories

one paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
It’s like a magic trick, packing a whole story into such a small space. How do you pull this off?
What could change?

  • The character’s situation. For example, at the beginning of the story, is trying to escape a burning building. At the end, he reaches safety.
  • The character’s perspective on the situation. For example, at the beginning of the story, the character believes his wife is as happy in their marriage as he is. At the end, he realizes that she is hiding feelings of alienation.
  • The reader’s understanding of the situation. For example, the beginning of the story seems to take place at an idyllic vacation resort. At the end, the reader realizes that the resort is haunted and everyone working there is a ghost.

The story takes readers from Point A (the character in the burning building, the character secure in his happy marriage, the character relaxing in a lovely resort) to Point B (the character safe from the fire, the character rethinking his marriage, the discovery that the resort is haunted).

one paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
It was an incredibly hot day, and a lion was feeling very hungry.

“After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

one paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
For 40 years, I had wondered about my baby sister. Does she look like me? Where does she live? I hope she’s happy. After eight babies, my parents had divorced. They almost reconciled several years later, but a pregnancy brought out the old problems. Mom did the hardest thing, and gave up the baby for adoption. We were dirt-poor, fractured, and dysfunctional, but we had love. Last summer, that baby girl decided to find us. She has now met five of the six remaining siblings. My heart is so full. And yes, she does indeed look like me.
That day, Larry’s cardiologist called with test results from one of his first checkups. He would need emergency heart surgery. Happily, the operation was a success, and I whispered in Larry’s ear, “I thought I lost you, but I knew I’d get you back.”

It’s one of the most widely-anthologized short stories for a reason: rhythmic and lyric, a triumph of voice and immediacy. I think of it as a ribbon that unwinds and unwinds, revealing a relationship, a way of life, and of course, a girl.
This weekend, Lydia Davis—crowned master of the very short story, not to mention a preeminent translator of classic French literature—turns 70. Davis didn’t invent flash fiction, but she is certainly its most famous—and perhaps its best—practitioner. Her work is always where I start when I get into a flash fiction reading jag, but of course, it’s not usually where I finish, else what kind of jag would it be? While flash is sort of out of fashion at the moment, I’ve been hearing rumors of a resurgence—The New Yorker has a flash fiction series going on this summer, for instance—so perhaps it’s time to remind ourselves what very short stories can do. For that reason, and in honor of Lydia Davis’s birthday, here are eleven very short stories that you must—and can, thanks to the magic of the internet—read at your earliest opportunity. NB: this list should by no means be taken to reflect the “best of all time,” merely “my own personal favorites,” and is only a taste of what’s out there—so do us all a favor and point us to your own beloved micro-fictions in the comments.

one paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
Dorrit is a child whose father has been in prison ever since she could remember. Unable to pay their debts, the whole family is forced to spend their days in a cell.
Have you tried to run a marathon with no practice?

Short stories are a fun way to get kids involved with reading. There are so many benefits: the fun characters, the simple-to-follow plot, and the lessons they teach. The following 2-paragraph short stories are ideal for grades 2 through 5 because they are quick and easy reads and have a moral. These morals provide talking points for teachers and parents to help introduce character traits to children or to reinforce ideas.
Synopsis: In this short story, Randy Reynolds shows us that just because you can’t see the result of your hard work doesn’t mean it isn’t worth working towards. A girl plants a flowering vine, waters it, gives it fertilizer, and even talks to it so it will grow, but only a vine grows, no flowers. Sad with the lack of blooms, the girl wants to cut it down, but as she starts, she hears something from the neighbor next door. When she goes next door she sees the most beautiful flowers coming from her vine, so all of her hard work had paid off even though she hadn’t noticed.

Sofia Samatar creates an entire lived-in world in less than one page with her short story “The Huntress.” It’s the portrait of a monster, yes, but it’s also a dream-like portrait of a what it’s like to live as a foreigner in a strange, new city (while also being stalked by a terrible and unseen monster).
Is there anything better than settling down for a languid afternoon of reading your favorite novel cover to cover, perhaps on a park bench or in a field of delightful flowers? No, there isn’t. But do you have time to read an entire novel in a field these days? No, you probably don’t. Whether you’re juggling work or school or some unholy combination of the two, there’s a good chance that you have nasty things like “responsibilities” and “obligations” to take care of. But even if you don’t have the time, you can still have the satisfaction of reading something start to finish if you read short fiction. I found the best short stories on the internet that you can read in just ten minutes. (Of course, if you do have the time, you should cherish them, re-read them, talk about them, think about them.)

one paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
If you’re interested in more stories short enough to read on your commute, Electric Lit’s own Recommended Reading Commuter showcases the best flash, graphic, and experimental narratives out there. Take, for example, this particularly disturbing excerpt from up-and-coming Floridian writer Kristen Arnett on the minutiae of skinning an alligator:
Pulled from the anthology Hint Fiction, a collection of works running 25 words or less, this story reveals a key trick of the flash fictionist’s trade: let the title to do the heavy lifting. In isolation, “I kept myself alive” might be construed as a feel-good mantra — but in the context of the title, it provides a morbid twist on the setup-punchline structure of a joke.

one paragraph stories, Language Skills Abroad
“The Last Night of the World” by Ray Bradbury
Of course, Bradbury is best known for his dystopian book about book burning, Fahrenheit 451, but fans should be familiar with his short stories as well, collected in such books as The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles. “The Last Night of the World” is a tender, simple story, originally published in Esquire. The first line alone is universally intriguing: “What would you do if you knew this was the last night of the world?”
Read it here.
Length: 4.5 minutes
“A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty
Welty was a Pulitzer-winning author from the South, known for writing about southern life in America. The Atlantic published “A Worn Path” in 1941. It tells the story of an old woman walking a long distance from her home to the center of town.
Read it here.
Length: 10 minutes

I would recommend ‘The Story Of An Hour’ by Kate Chopin as I found it very Interesting and it stayed on my mind for a while .
I really like I would really recommend the story ‘The School’