Basic Short StoryFundamental short story
101 Basics: How to create a short story
Featuring the abundance of information and advices from a recently visited writer's fest and seminary, I thought it might be useful to divide a basic "How To...." from my notations. Brief histories are.... short - so make sure the readers feel that their own times have not been wasted:
The story begins as near to the end as possible. And hopefully the words counter keeps you down by slicing out unnecessary back history. Make sure that each set either drives the storyline forward or reveals the characters motivations or characteristics that are intrinsic to the story.
Variegate the length of phrases and heels, but generally keep them short or at least in line with the pace you would like the story to go along. Metaphoring is a great instrument - but keep the connection to daily routine - or you' ll loose your reader on an erotic journey.
An analogy and metaphor is a better instrument for longer histories, short novel and novel, where the number of words does not have to be put in a nutshell. When your medium sized readership needs a lexicon to look up a phrase, you will quickly shed it.
One of the attractions of short story is the secret of the background story. Knowing that I tend to make things more complicated and accumulate undesirable or unnecessary things in my project and in my surroundings, I've found that this also applies to the days when I'm approaching short storytelling.
If you have a lot of skill, it is often best to make a clearance and just restart from scratch.... from the bottom up. While this is just a very short summary of things you should be aware of when you write your basic short story, are there any other basic hints you think are important?