I grew up reading short sci-fi stories, which is what I am writing at the moment. When I write stories, they tend to come to a conclusion sooner rather then later. There seems to be a natural length to my writing. My longest is 4000 words and my shortest is 107. There is a challenge to conveying your vision to the reader in such few words. The short stories that I enjoyed usually had a bit of a twist or an ending that left you saying "Ohhh."
I posted the first chapter of my newest on my website, here is the first paragraph to pique curiosity:
CHAPTER 1: The Ridge
The hand-written note on the dashboard read: Not abandoned. This was a nice courtesy to others, but unnecessary since the car was parked in the parking lot at the head of a popular hiking trail, called "The Ridge". My curiosity piqued, I studied the vehicle, looking for what I don't know. It was a little dusty, probably from the dirt road, not the kind of dust that accumulates after several rains and drying winds, which we had recently. Two, three days ago? I wasn't sure but it had to be at least two. I reluctantly put off my hike to avoid any rain. I usually don't mind hiking in inclement weather, it keeps the other hikers away, but "The Ridge" is notorious for looking like a muddy river on days like that. https://www.linesbyleon.com/