CHAPTER11

The Lifelike Short Story

In This Chapter

  • Story organization
  • Individual scenes and summarization
  • Story background and the flashback technique
  • Word volume

Short stories are one of the best forms for new writers to hone their craft. However, they’re not necessarily the easiest option. It takes a great deal of skill to write a good short story that’s effective.

For one thing, you have to curtail any tendency to ramble on. Not all fiction writers need to be novelists, but if you have a gift for fictional brevity, the short story is for you. F. Scott Fitzgerald, for example, was quite comfortable (and gifted) as a short story writer and ...

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