I always think of any art as having wide parameters. Not true in some creative circumstances. For instance, to me, a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. In a current writing class, mine has these three, but doesn’t have “high stakes” or “conflict.” My story isn’t meant to. My story is a window onto a period of time or an event I experienced. I intended to write several short character studies of people I have known. Sigh, guess I need rethink that — maybe have one character shoot the other.