So, you want to write a short story — and not just a mildly entertaining short story but one your readers can’t put down until they’ve finished it. You want a story that gets reactions like “Wow!” and “How did you do that?” and “Do you have more like this?”
What writer doesn’t want that kind of reaction, right?
And since short stories are short, you have less time to wait for your readers’ reactions — but you also have less time to grab their attention. That’s why a great topic is worth its weight in gold when it comes to writing these little gems.