Saying Everything and Nothing Revisited

One of the most useful tools in writing short stories, especially those under 2,000 words, is implication. This is a skill that can take a long time to develop because firstly we have to figure out what we can imply and what needs to be stated and secondly because we need to acknowledge that if […]

Characters, Characters Everywhere Revisited

Another important decision we have to make when writing short stories is the number of characters we include, this doesn’t only mean the number we have appear on the page but also the number of names mentioned. The simple reason for this is that if we try and cram a dozen characters into less than […]

On Exposition Revisited

The primary problem with the length of a short story is exposition. Every word of exposition we use is a word we can’t use on the present story, this might sound dramatic but we’re specifically looking at stories less than two thousand words and they’re quickly used up. Often the best way is to keep […]

Picking a Time Revisited

When we’re writing short fiction the time frame is important, not only from a narrative standpoint but also because we only have a limited number of words to cover the time. This means that if we were to have the story cover a long period of time we might need more telling because the word […]

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 […]

Characters, Characters Everywhere

Another important decision we have to make when writing short stories is the number of characters we include, this doesn’t only mean the number we have appear on the page but also the number of names mentioned. The simple reason for this is that if we try and cram a dozen characters into less than […]

On Exposition

The primary problem with the length of a short story is exposition. Every word of exposition we use is a word we can’t use on the present story, this might sound dramatic but we’re specifically looking at stories less than two thousand words and they’re quickly used up. Often the best way is to keep […]

Picking a Time

When we’re writing short fiction the time frame is important, not only from a narrative standpoint but also because we only have a limited number of words to cover the time. This means that if we were to have the story cover a long period of time we might need more telling because the word […]

How Short is Short?

For the purpose of these articles we’re going to be discussing short stories in terms of stories under 2,000 words, which includes flash fiction (stories under 1,000 words). As I’ve said before I’m not entirely fond of the term flash fiction which used to apply to stories of fifty words or less, now known as […]

Summer Fun…

Now that Fiction Frenzy is over I’m taking a break from daily blogging to perform site maintenance, writer more advice articles, edit Victorian Mistress and begin a new serial. New articles will begin appearing daily from the 13th August. A new serial will begin on the 30th September Check back regularly for news of the Edited and […]