After reviewing and rewriting piece by piece of my story I came to a huge roadblock that could possibly have three solutions. The first is to quit the story and start a new project (unlikely I want to choose this). Second is to keep my short story short and cut out the details that drag the story. Register to remove this ad It had occurred to me after creating a inspiration music playlist that I could possibly create a story within a story structured story. The only book I can compare it to is Ray Bradbury's Illustrated Man. For those who have not read it (to sum it up), the book is about eighteen short stories, although having no plot connection to each other, revolve around the idea of human kind and technology. The illustrated man is tattooed with metaphorically "the souls" of each of the individual stories. The idea I had in mind was to take the five short stories that I currently have in production (storyboarding phase) and revolve them around the story about their existence. The narrator acts like the story teller and the connection he has to the stories are the involvement with his company and the corruption of what he has done to the "subjects" and society. This will be a science fiction story and will have a conspiracy themed idea. Some of the problems that I am facing along with this structure is: 1. Is it necessary to use this type of structure or should the short stories stand out as their own without a backstory? 2. Have there been any other books that have used this structure where it worked? 3. I have not seen many authors publish a "collection" of short stories, how do they structure their collection? 4. Is it cliche or out of the ordinary? What are your thoughts?