So I’m about to be hitting the road for work today and I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off all morning, so for today’s post I’m going to reproduce the fabulous Carradee’s comment on yesterday’s check-in post because it provides a lot of great things to think about when it comes to writing short stories and I figure some folks might not have seen it in the comment trail.
What helps me with short stories is to sit down and answer:
1. Who is my protagonist?
2. What is my protagonist’s goal in the time frame of the story?
3. Who is my antagonist?
4. What is my antagonist’s goa in the time frame of the storyl?
5. How do those two goals conflict?
If I’m still stuck after answering those, I’ll ask:
6. What desire drives my protagonist?
7. What desire drives my antagonist?
I’ve also found that helps to use John Booth’s “template” for short story structure (see this site). [Note from Kait: I checked out that site yesterday. John Booth, who is apparently guesting for Declan Connor, totally had a handle on this short story thing--go read!].
1) The Setup – an event that triggers the story
2) The Action – what follows and why
3) The Resolution – when a conclusion is reached
4) The Twist – where you turn the story on its head.
See y’all tomorrow!