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Sue Burke
Go Ahead — Write This Story: Keeping it short 
16th-Nov-2011 12:22 pm
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Once again, you curse the gods of literature — your "short story" turned out to be the first chapter of a novel, and you really wanted a short story. How do you keep things short? Try to limit the number of characters to two or three. Use one point of view. Keep the conflict simple, the way postage stamp artwork is simple. Compress the time frame. Aim for a single effect. And be careful to include only the most essential information. If you need a short story idea, here are a few.

● This is a fantasy story in which a gem broker becomes obsessed over a new kind of stone that appears at a roadside market.

● This is a government cover-up story in which a panic-stricken alien learns self-defense from a dog.

● This is a story about an incorrigible Lunar pioneer who endangers the settlement by sloppy habits that introduce Lunar dust, which has damaging and irritating sharp edges, into living and working quarters.

— Sue Burke

Comments 
16th-Nov-2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Oh please write the second one. I am dying to read it, just from that one line.
16th-Nov-2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
I don't have a dog and never have, so I don't know enough about dogs to do it right.

But these ideas are for everyone to use. You can write the story if you want!
17th-Nov-2011 07:25 am (UTC)
Great; thank you, Sue. One to share with my writing group tomorrow!
17th-Nov-2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. Good writing!
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