Dialogue can be a very effective tool in story writing; it can be used to break the monotony of continuous narrative and is an important element of characterization and setting.
This three-part Short Story Tutorial is intended as a simple guide to assist students and teachers in understanding and writing the Short Story. Tutorial 1 will discuss the parts of the story.
Writers are always asked where they get their short story ideas from, so here's a few ways to get you started without using writing prompts, boring exercises or online plot-generators.
By adding conflict to a story, you enhance it's readability to your audience. Try it with your romantic novel!
Markets for short stories are many and varied, but with such a range of outlets to choose from, where's the best place to start?
Not all romantic short stories have to feature a young woman as the heroine. Sometimes your audience prefers a more mature protagonist.
The Wild, Wild West: let your fingers do the walking and your gun do the talking!
Another one in my series about coming up with ideas for short stories without resorting to traditional writing exercises...
If writing a lead story for a series, establish your main character and the particular goal s/he wishes to accomplish. This pilot story may be the introduction to a romance, an adventure or a tragedy.
Claire Davenport’s unassailable voice is silenced forever ... or is it? Every thriller should leave the reader wondering ...