1. boesjwoelie

    boesjwoelie Member

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    short story

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by boesjwoelie, Apr 4, 2010.

    I'm currently working on a fantasy novel, just one. That's why I got the idea (got it from this forum actually :p) to get some projects going on the side, in case I get low on inspiration.
    At first I thought: ''How hard can it be to write a short story. It's just like a long story but shorter.''
    But after a few attempts at this - you guessed it :redface: - it started to dawn on me that a short story is another thing entirely! :eek:

    So, does anyone has some advice on how to do a short story as oppose to a long one? :)
     
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    thirdwind Contributing Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

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    Focus on one main conflict. Don't include things that aren't absolutely necessary. Don't include too many characters (a lot of short stories have just 2-3 characters).

    Besides all that, read some short stories. Some magazines have stories you can read for free online, but I know that a lot of libraries carry magazines as well.

    Also, I think there was another thread like this one not too long ago, so you can search for that and read through it.
     
  3. Fedora

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    Yes. You can't approach a short story like a novel; they're two completely different beasts.
     
  4. boesjwoelie

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    thanks both of you ^^
     
  5. EileenG

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    Think of a short story as a snapshot. Life went on before the story started, and will continue afterwards, but the story focuses on something that causes an important conflict for one of the characters.
     

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