How Short is Short? Revisited

For the purpose of these articles we’re going to be discussing short stories in terms of stories under 2,000 words. However, a short story can in fact be quite long, perhaps even as long as 15,000 words but as I’m going to discuss short fiction in terms of helping develop our editing skills the shorter […]

Keeping it Short Revisited

This week we’re looking at short stories and how they can help us improve our editing skills. Tuesday – How Short is Short? What do we mean by a ‘short’ story Wednesday – Picking a Time, How much time can we cover in our story? Thursday – On Exposition, How much exposition can we use […]

A Question Too Far Revisited

Problems arise with foreshadowing when we make it too conspicuous. As we discussed with symbolism and red-herrings they’re elements of foreshadowing that are narrative tools but we don’t necessarily want the reader to notice to tools until we’re ready. The primary problem with emphasising foreshadowing is that when we emphasis it we can actually cancel […]

The False Shadow Revisited

The most conspicuous form of foreshadowing is the red-herring, a form of misdirection. Now, you might argue this isn’t foreshadowing because it’s leading you down the wrong path or it’s a false foreshadowing that it leads your towards a conclusion, though this conclusion may be incorrect. You might even argue that it isn’t false foreshadowing […]

Simplifying Symbolism Revisited

Symbolism goes hand-in-hand with implication in foreshadowing. This doesn’t mean that all implication is symbolism or even that all symbolism is implication. For example, someone wearing a religious symbol is often an indicator that they belong to that faith rather than an implication, though some religious symbols have entered fashion and are therefore not always […]

Did I Say That? Revisited

A large part of foreshadowing is implication. Writers have been known to confuse foreshadowing with plot exposition such as telling the reader, ‘Doing X could end the world’. While we’re revealing a potential outcome of the story we’re not foreshadowing the ending we’re telling the reader the stakes without which the story couldn’t function. In […]

Shadow in the Fore Revisited

This week we’re looking at foreshadowing: What is it? How can we use symbolism? And what’s this got to do with red-herrings? Tuesday – What is Foreshadowing? What do we mean by ‘foreshadowing’? Wednesday – Did I Say That? Using foreshadowing is a matter of implication Thursday – Simplifying Symbolism, What’s symbolism got to do with […]

Drama in Conflict Revisited

People always say that there is drama in conflict but what can be forgotten is that stability is needed too. As much you need to build the conflict in your character still needs something solid and reliable whether it’s a hobby, a place or a person. In many, though not all, stories it falls to […]

The Journey Revisited

Just as characters need an emotional life, as real people do, they need an emotional journey as well. In the case of romance fiction, which we have already discussed, the journey is the primary story but this doesn’t have to be the case, the journey can be the emotional interaction that the character has with […]

Falling in Love Revisited

There’s a lot to be learnt from the romance genre when we’re thinking about writing emotion. At the heart of it, the old cliché is one person meets another person, overcome obstacles while falling in love, and live happily ever after. I’m not saying that’s all romance novels are but let’s stick with the most […]