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Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a brilliant short story and there are a million pointers a writer can take from it. As micro fiction writers, we’re particularly interested in how one word can shift character perception. Take the opening as an example:

The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennes- see and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind. Bailey was the son she lived with, her only boy. 

She is not “Their grandmother” or just “Grandmother.” Someone pointed out how the word “The” placed a certain distance between the woman and the family as well as the reader. Interesting how one small word choice can make such a difference.

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