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 ...