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5 Ways To Sneak Setting Into Short Stories

5 Ways To Sneak Setting Into Short Stories

We need to convey a sense of setting in our short stories, which is a tall order, because of the length of the story. Hehe, see what I did there? We need to make our writing to work harder. We need it to do “double-duty”.…
How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

‘Show, don’t tell’ is good advice for any writer, but even more so for a short story writer. The limited word count means our writing has to work harder. We really need to pack a punch. Here’s how: How To Show And Not Tell In…
How To Make The Most Of Sequels In Short Stories

How To Make The Most Of Sequels In Short Stories

In a previous post, I discussed scenes in short stories. Scenes have specific structures that help us tell our stories. We discussed action scenes specifically. There is, however, another kind of scene that you can use. We call them sequels or reaction scenes. They follow an…
How To Learn From The Best Short Story Writers

How To Learn From The Best Short Story Writers

Read And Learn From The Best Last week we discussed scenes in short stories and I suggested some homework. This week I want to work through one of the stories I read and discuss some of my favourite parts. I read The Half-Skinned Steer by…
How To Make The Most Of Scenes In Short Stories

How To Make The Most Of Scenes In Short Stories

We speak about scene often in writing and especially in short stories. The past few weeks with www.12shortstories.com we have discussed lengthening and shortening our stories. One of the suggestions was to either add or reduce your scenes, but perhaps we should look at what…
13 Tips To Help You Lengthen Your Short Story

13 Tips To Help You Lengthen Your Short Story

In a previous post, we discussed shortening your story. Today, I'm going to talk about lengthening your story. Most writers tend to overwrite and then cut back, but some writers under-write. This is often the case with writers who write for a living, like journalist…
12 Secrets To Help You Shorten Your Short Story

12 Secrets To Help You Shorten Your Short Story

We are just over the halfway mark with our 12 Short Stories Challenge and the submissions have been amazing. The word count is specific for each prompt and I have been challenging you with a different word count for each month. We have written 500-word…
6 Top Tips To Write A Kick-Ass Short Story

6 Top Tips To Write A Kick-Ass Short Story

Let's talk about writing a kick-ass short story. In a previous post, we discussed the scope of your short story. You can make it big or small, but this week I want to talk about ‘small stories’. Sometimes we read what seems to be a…
How Much Story Do You Need In Your Short Story?

How Much Story Do You Need In Your Short Story?

Last month’s word count for 12 Short Stories was only 500 words. Yikes, I know. Whose idea was that? And the month before that it was 2 500 words and now we are writing 1 200 words. It is a serious writing workout. Any story…
2 Types Of Conflict To Squeeze Into A Short Story

2 Types Of Conflict To Squeeze Into A Short Story

In the previous 12 Short Stories post, we discussed inner and outer conflict. We identified WHO and WHAT caused the conflict. The WHO helped us to create our antagonist. In this post, I want to discuss the WHAT, which causes and adds to the inner conflict.…
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