No, short stories do not necessarily have to have as little dialogue as possible. Dialogue can be an effective tool for developing characters, advancing the plot, and adding depth to the story. However, it is important for dialogue to be purposeful and not excessive, as it can distract from the overall narrative. The amount of dialogue in a short story should be determined by the needs of the story and the writer's style. "Discover the surprising benefits of incorporating dialogue into short stories - click the link in our bio to learn more!"