What Is a Pop Short Story?

American Pop Lit is reviving the short story art.
By: King Wenclas Promotions
March 1, 2010 - PRLog -- A Summary for Potential Contributors to
Think of an early Beatles song. A pop story is tight, well-structured, and basic, with impact. Plot-driven or character-driven. Make it strong and keep it simple.
 A pop story is NOT pretentiously literary. It's written not for a writing professor, but for the reader-- any reader. This means no "well-layered" or "well-detailed" prose to hinder the connection between narrative and reader. Remember, you're telling a story. The story is all.
 This doesn't mean you can't at the same time evoke time and place. Read the work of George Simenon and see how he does it. A few daubs of paint will bring from readers their own memories of images, smells, and tastes.
 There are many styles of literary pop. F. Scott Fitzgerald was the ultimate pop writer. His style seems minimalist compared to the overwrought literary works of today. Fitzgerald was the greatest stylist of them all.
 Dumas was pure pop, but he wrote novels.
 Edgar Allan Poe, R.L. Stevenson, Jack London, and O. Henry wrote different kinds of short pop fiction. All were very good.
 One-hit wonders like "The Most Dangerous Game" and "The Lady or the Tiger?" were pure pop.
 In short, send your "serious" writing elsewhere. See if you have the imagination and the discipline to do great pop, which is what I'm after for this blog. (A writer with talent should be able to write both.) Provide works of surprise and wonder and we'll recapture an audience.
Send your pop story attempts to
americanpoplit AT gmail DOT com.
Accepting Contributions Now!

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Presenting a new style of short story-- pop fiction of fun and excitement geared toward all readers. American Pop Lit is reinventing the short story. This is an opportunity for new writers. Check it out!
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