Writing Tips – Short Story Fundamentals

Writing Tips – Short Story Fundamentals. “Rules” of the Short Story:

While a list of short story “rules” does nothing so much as invite exceptions, we can point to a few characteristics that most successful stories share.

•    Short stories can be said to have a beginning, middle, and end
•    Unlike many novels, short stories generally have a single viewpoint character
•    A short story usually covers a smaller time frame than a novel, and usually has fewer characters
•    Much of the action of a story tends to be dramatized in scenes

The most important “rule” of short story writing, though, is that there is no absolute rule. Whatever works, works. As short-story writer and teacher Lee K. Abbott puts it, “Bigger than all the rules is the story.”

The above tips came from Short Story Fundamentals. Learn more about the online workshop!

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