Hello everyone. So I have an issue with short stories... I have been reading over some of the stories posted here on the forums, and I feel like a number of them are not stories. They are just scenes. I found that when I finished reading them I may have been entertained, but I was ultimately left unsatisfied (NOTE: Not all, mind you. I have read many lovely stories here. ). This got me wondering, what was it that they were missing? And to be honest the answer was not, and is not, immediately obvious to me. I decided that the main thing that makes a story complete is that it has meaning. A good story is more than just a series of events. That may be how a story is told, but that's not all it is. You have to learn something from it. I found that a lot of the 'scenes' I mentioned were lacking this bigger picture. I thought I would search around and found this little tidbit about complete stories that I found interesting. If you are curious: http://narrativefirst.com/articles/writing-complete-stories So, I wanted to open the floor to you guys. What do you think makes a story 'complete'?