June 1st, 2013

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Writing Excuses 8.20: The Short Story, with Mary Robinette Kowal

Writing Excuses 8.20: The Short Story, with Mary Robinette Kowal

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/05/19/writing-excuses-8-20-the-short-story-with-mary-robinette-kowal/

Key Points: Don't write short stories just to break in as a novelist (beware of old myths). Do consider doing them for other reasons. First, because you like them! Second, to better understand scene structure. Third, to play with style and tone, and experiment. Short stories are limited in plot structures, characters, and scenic locations. One character or scenic location is worth about 500 to 1000 words. 1000 to 4000 word short stories are easier to sell for new writers, so probably two or three characters and only one or two scenic locations. To write a short story, start with a geewhiz idea and a character. Give them a desire. What does the character want? Then systematically deny it to them! Use yes-but, no-and. Then for a happy ending, give it to them. For a sad ending, don't. To improve your short story writing, read good short fiction. And write. Try NaShoStoMo!
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[Brandon] You just about killed Jordo and me. Okay. All right, Dan. You have to come up with our writing prompt, because of that.
[Dan] All right. You are going to write about a character in a society where being bi-textual is a very controversial lifestyle choice. And keeps you out of the military.
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses. I think you're out of excuses. Now go write.
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