A short story is a short work of fiction. Fiction is prose writing about imagined events and characters. Novels are another example of fictional prose and are much longer than short stories. Some short stories, however, can be quite long. If a short story is a long one, say fifty to one hundred pages, we call it a novella. We will be writing our own short story, focusing on combining the five key elements: character, setting, conflict, plot, and theme.