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Today, as I edit, trim, cut, and otherwise obliterate a short story I wrote that ended up to be 8000 words, but needs to be 5000 words, I am reminded of this quote;
“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”
― – Henry David Thoreau
I thought I’d share some editing tips this morning, not so much for you as for me. I’m sure you can relate to loving the creative process and wanting to bang your head on the desk in the editing process. This is where the skill of craft comes in, and this morning I have more doubt than skill. Arg!
I will share these tips in three concurring post over the next two weeks. Five tips per post to give you reminders or some tips on getting started.
Anyway . . . drum roll . . . .
20 TIPS FOR CREATING A CAPTIVATING SHORT STORY (the first 5)
Writing short stories is a great way to investigate diverse genres, characters, settings, and voices. Something I tend to have a lot of (in my head—you know, the voices) and I enjoy exercising them in shorts. You know I mean ‘short stories’, right? I also tend to write in multiple points of view so short stories are where I play with voice.
Here are some editing tips that hopefully will keep you from banging your head on the editing desk.
There’s a diverse and growing market for short stories. You can send them out to magazines, you also publish a collection of your short stories in an anthology, on Amazon.
Next week I’ll post the next five tips. Happy writing.
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