#FollowFriday: Author Roxane Gay on What Makes a Short Story Great

“Of Politics and Prose”

Roxane Gay is editor of “The Best American Short Stories  2018.” In an essay at Lithub she reveals how she chose the stories for this years’ anthology.

Roxane Gay Signs Copies Of Her Two Novels "Not That Bad" And "Hunger"

When I am reading fiction, I am not always looking for the political. First and foremost, I am looking for a good story. I am looking for beautifully crafted sentences. I am looking for a refreshing voice or perspective. I am looking for interesting, complex characters that I find myself thinking about even when I am done with the story. I am looking for the artful way any given story is conveyed, but I also love when a story has a powerful message, when a story teaches me something about the world, when a story shows me just how much I don’t know and need to know about the lives of others.

What did you gain from Ms. Gay’s advice to writers? What would you add to it? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

You can also Read the Complete Essay by Roxane Gay on Longreads.


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