Writing Character-driven Short Stories

| December 6, 2013

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Writing Character-driven Short Stories: an easy to understand, plain-English guide to story focus, structure, and the transformational character arc (Plain-English Writing Guides)

Your character-driven short stories don’t work–what’s wrong with them? If you’re a character-driven writer trying to stuff a full-length novel into a 10-20k short story, or a flash fiction writer trying to increase your word count, if your story is over-developed, under-developed, you have too much conflict, you don’t have any conflict, you can’t figure out where to start or end, or how to trim down the fatty bits, try Writing Character-driven Short Stories: an easy to understand, plain-English guide to story structure, focus and the transformational character arc. With pertinent, easy-to-do short exercises and thinking points, Writing Character-driven Short Stories is a short, practical guide to help you get exactly what you mean to say to your reader across in a way that works with your skill level and knowledge base.

Includes a useful blurb writing template for both character and plot-driven stories, and easy tools to get your story back on track.

Contents

  • Finding Your Reader and Their Emotional Triggers
  • Focus
  • Story Focus
  • Fitting a BIG Idea into a Little Story
  • Good Blurb, Fabulous Plot, Bad Execution
  • Bad Blurb, Great Execution: or how to use invisible words and thought strings
  • The Action Line
  • Backstory is Motivation
  • Getting it Written
  • Trouble-shooting and Revisions
  • Tags, Keywords, Blurbs, Excerpts and Covers
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