Where the story will take place What is significant about the setting for the story does it underscore specific themes or foreshadow a particular climax? Have an idea before you start writing a short story as to who will star in it and where it will take place.
Here are some suggestions on how to make it a compelling, balanced, and powerful read. Where does this number come from, you ask? Plus, I was just looking at the guidelines for submitting my collection, Staring Into the Abyss, for the Bram Stoker Awards, and guess what the minimum is? Any idea how long my collection is?
Not 40, words, unfortunately. So, learn from my mistake there. Your audience just wants enough material to dig into, time to get to know your voice, and something with a little meat on the bone.
Read through and only choose the work that really resonates with you. Whatever the case is, put your best work in—because people are going to tear it apart.
Your collection is a body of work, a way for your fans to read more than one story in one place, one sitting, all together. It can get expensive. BUT, if you do want to do something nice for your readers, include one or two original stories, totally new and never seen before.
If you only write horror stories, then make sure that the horror stories you include work together. Maybe you have several new horror stories that are more literary and subtle and don't fit with your older work.
When I was putting together Herniated Roots, my first collection, I chose stories that leaned towards noir. Just keep that in mind. THE ORDER This may be one of the most important aspects of the collection, but don't sweat it too much, because in the end, your audience may not even notice these subtle choices.
I mean your favorites, I mean the stories that were placed in the best publications, the ones that got nominated or won awards, contest winners, the ones your readers kept talking about, all of that. Here are some things to keep in mind: I always try to start with one of the best, and end with one of the best.
You want to grab your reader and get their attention.
If they read a great story first, they will most likely continue. Also, you want to leave them thinking their hard earned dollars were well spent. Why take the chance? Start strong and end strong.
This is a theory that I like as well. So, 1 is strong, and 21 is strong, probably your best, then put your next two at 7 and The idea is that whatever is going on, hopefully the reader will put up with a few weaker stories, or more experimental stories, if they keep getting a fix every so often.
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While writing a novel can be a Herculean task, just about anybody can craft—and, most importantly, finish—a short 72%(). When writing a story, whether a short story a story in a novel, write the first draft in one sitting, says Koch.
I’ve heard the rule to write your first draft quickly, but honestly, I’d never thought of applying this advice to short stories. Most short story collections are going to consist of writing that has already been published. If you pick up any collection off your bookshelf, you’ll find this to be true.
Your collection is a body of work, a way for your fans to read more than one story in one place, one sitting, all together. Expansion in short stories is rarely, if ever, discussed in texts or fiction seminars and may sound a lot like background, setting, exposition, or backstory.
But some stories maintain the character of the short story and introduce a .