Writer, Edgar Allen Poe, developed the six rules or characteristics of the short story.
- It must create a single impression.
- It must be able to be read in a single sitting.
- Every word must be relevant and contribute to the overall impression.
- The opening sentence must plunge the reader straight into the action.
- The story should end immediately after the climax.
- Use a minimum number of characters and only develop them to the extent required by the story.