Problem with Short Stories

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Re: Problem with Short Stories

Post by Vivian Paschal » 18 Jun 2017, 02:00

Short stories are a bit difficult for me as well. I tend to create full characters, in the sense that I know every detail about them, even details I may never use in a book. For example, I could have favourite foods for all my characters, with no relevance to the plot. So, I sometimes tend to write more than is needed. I'm learning to cut out unnecessaries, no matter how interesting they are. I'm on my way to being good with short stories. They don't usually end up being short enough, but I make sure they don't get close to the size of a novel. I've written two flash fictions, so I think I'm getting there. I think you should take it a step at a time. Give yourself a number-of-words target and try to keep to it. But try your best never to rush the plot in a bid to keep it short. In all, it can be really tricky, but practice makes perfect.
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Post by Sushan » 19 Jun 2018, 12:47

Short story is a piece of a long story. So you have to omit certain parts. Just write something in a narrative manner. Read Illustrated short stories (Cannot remember the author....Check my Book shelf) to get an idea. I recommend that book to anyone who wants to learn about short story writing
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