A thoughtful interview with short story author Danielle Evans explores where the story happens in a short story. In this way, as well as sales, short stories are closer to poetry than novels.
I think my craft obsession is that gulf between what we think we’re saying and what we’re actually saying, or who we think we are and who we actually are. And that is something I come back to again and again both for context and for characterization. Because I think most possibility for narrative happens in that space. The space between how we feel and what we say, or who we thought we were and who we actually were when we had to make a choice makes narrative surprise possible.