Short Story: Scene, Character and Dialogue

Fiction is just one major representation of a greater conversation between history, culture, modernity, and the future, which all writing becomes a part. However, for a writer to translate his/her ideas, morals, and personal representations of the psyche, the story must be told in such a way that suspends the audience’s sense of disbelief, meaning that the narrative feels so genuine—so real—the audience will forget they are reading a story and give themselves over to the world in which the writer creates. In Best Words, Best Order, Stephen Dobyns writes, “The perceived world is a metaphor for the self, that what you tell about, what you see, reveals more about you than the object you are ostensibly describing” (72).