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Stories in your pocket: how to write flash fiction

It's National Flash Fiction Day on Wednesday – the first one ever – and it's an exciting day for me and many others who specialise in this particular truncated form of prose. A few years ago, I published a book of flash fiction called Sawn-off Tales. But until only a little while before that, I …

5 Tips for Writing a Powerful Short Story by Shelley Weiner

Early last week, I was contacted by Emily Furniss, who was the publicist for Roopa Farooki's novel, <i>The Good Children</i>, which sparked a lively …

How writing a short story will improve your writing skills

The short story has a long and rich tradition, spanning everything from the gothic to the contemporary. Writing a short story will improve your …

story structure Archives

Archive | story structure<p>When you’re writing a first or even second draft, the parts of a story – exposition, development, and ending – often feel …

How Scott Walker became an asterisk

From presumed front-runner to quitter, Walker’s fall was fast.<p>Before there was Donald Trump or Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina, there was Scott Walker — a defiant outsider who portrayed himself as the regular-guy champion of the GOP’s burn-the-Beltway base.<p>After a promising start last winter, the …

1 Simple Trick For Writing Diverse Characters

John McClane is an enduring character across the decades but we need new blood nowWe hear a lot about so-called representation on screen and how it’s …

Disability

A psychologist reveals the biggest predictor of happiness — and it's not money

When psychologist Arthur Aron was a graduate student in the 1960s, he was looking around for something to study for his dissertation. But he didn't want just any topic. He wanted to find one "that people thought couldn't be studied scientifically and then prove that it could be," he said.<p>And then …

Happiness

Six Tips For Writing Short Stories

by Eliza Robertson<p><i>Eliza Robertson, author of acclaimed collection Wallflowers and winner of the 2013 Commonwealth short story prize, shares her</i> …

Writing 201: Intros and Hooks

Your opening lines are your first chance to hook readers — or to lose them. This week, learn to use your piece’s angle to craft an engaging, …

10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes | Writer's Digest

Any story or novel is, in essence, a series of scenes strung together like beads on a wire, with narrative summary adding texture and color between. …

Creative Writing

How to Craft a Page-Turning Plot

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard core plotter. I have outlines and spreadsheets. I cover tabletops with color-coded Post It notes with …

Eight Essential Attributes of the Short Story and One Way It Differs from the Novel

1) There should be a clean clear surface with much disturbance below. 2) An anagogical level. 3) Sentences that can stand strikingly alone. 4) An …

Short Stories

‘Dictionary Stories’, A Collection of Short Stories Created From Defining Example Sentences Used in the Dictionary

San Francisco designer and illustrator Jez Burrows has created the Dictionary Stories, a wonderfully clever online collection of stories created by …

Editing Panel with This Year's Anthony Finalists for Best Short Story

By Art Taylor<br>A few weeks back, Paul D. Marks hosted a chat about themes with this year's Macavity Award finalists for Best Short Story, and I'm …

A Short Story About A Blind Man And A Window, The Ending Will Strike You

Becoming A Writer – From Idea To Reality

Becoming A Writer – From Idea To Reality:<p>Three years ago an idea for a short story hit me. I was not a writer at the time. Sure, I wrote words. I …

10 Classic Books That Have Been Banned

Poopers, close out from Twitter and stop scrolling through Facebook. There’s a more highbrow way to entertain yourself on the pot.<p>Poopfiction is an …

Books

Thug Notes is now a book, breaking down sixteen...

<i>Thug Notes</i> is now a book, breaking down sixteen literary classics – from <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i> to <i>Hamlet</i> – in the usual disarming style of Sparky Sweets, Ph.D.<p><i>I grew up jammin’ to NWA, Pac, and Snoop. But I also rock summodat Shostakovich on da reg. I chilled wit’ whites, blacks, Asians, Christians,</i> …

18 Stories & Novels by Neil Gaiman Online: Free Texts & Readings by Neil Himself

Neil Gaiman might just be the most beloved fantasy author out there. He writes weird, twisted, exhilarating tales about hidden realities and the …

Tone, Mood, & Style—The Feel of Fiction

Subscribe to RSS Feed<p>April 19, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill<br>last modified April 20, 2013<p><b>Each piece of fiction</b>, each section of text, has a …

Writing Prompts 101

<b>Nicky Whiteon October 07, 2015 2:23 pm</b><p>I am not sure if anyone has done this, but when I was a teenager, 20 odd years ago, I used to keep a notepad by …

5 Key Elements for Successful Short Stories

by Emily WenstromAs the editor of a genre fiction website, I’ve seen my share of short stories—the good and the bad.No matter what kind of fiction …

Creative Writing

Third Person Narrative Made Easy | Novel Writing Help

Writing a third person narrative is simple. The secret? Understand the difference between…<p>The Author<br>• The Narrator<br>• The Viewpoint Character<br>• The Protagonist<p>…

The 50 Best First Sentences in Fiction

In a 2013 interview with Joe Fassler, horror fiction maestro Stephen King reflected on the magnitude of a novel’s introductory sentence. “An opening …

Literature

Three Secrets of Three-Dimensional Antagonists

<i>He saunters through the fog with a black cape flapping about his heels, shoulders back, chin tucked so he can fix you with a sinister glare. When his</i> …

Character Development Checklist - 13 Points To Consider

‘Character is plot, plot is character.’ ~<b>F. Scott Fitzgerald</b><p>In an ideal world, novelists would perfectly combine plotting and characterisation. …

Establishing and Satisfying Plot Threads

You might know the characters, themes, and setting in your story, but do you know which hooks are motivating your readers to continue? Each hook …