Tips for Writing Short Stories.

Karen Blake-Hall

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being on a panel, “Are Short Stories the New Black?” Not only am I published in short stories but I’m also a publisher of the anthology Nefarious North, A Collection of Short Crime Stories. Now I’m no expert but here are a few tips to write short stories.

First off, read every short story you can get your hands on. Anthologies are a great place to start your exploration. I always say anthologies are like a box of chocolate giving you a choice of different voices to sample.

Focus on a single incident and keep your cast of characters small. If you love to create worlds, reveal a single point of life in that world.

In a short story you don’t have the word count to develop backstory so limit it and have your characters walk on stage fully developed…

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