Chekhov’ 6 principles for a good story

by E.h. Bennett

Hi. Erica Bennett here. Last Friday playwright Diana Burbano shared Chekhov’ six principles that make for a good story on her Facebook newsfeed from Siddhartha Mukherjee’s breathtaking, must read New Yorker Cultural Comment, which was “adapted from a keynote address given to the recipients of the 2017 Whiting Awards for emerging writers.” I feel compelled to share them with you with no comment:

1. Absence of lengthy verbiage of a political-social-economic nature;
2. total objectivity;
3. truthful descriptions of persons and objects;
4. extreme brevity;
5. audacity and originality . . . and;
6. compassion.

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