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Use this tag for questions about short stories. Do not use this tag for questions about novellas, flash fiction, or other types of short fiction.

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I'm writing a short story but I'm not sure whether to write it in the past or the present tense. This is the opening paragraph: Sophia was awakened by the rattling sound of her washing machine. S …
asked Jan 26 '13 by Alexandro Chen
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This is the beginning of a short story I'm writing: Jun was standing motionless at entrance of the 7-eleven. He was staring down, searching for something in his memory as students picked their …
asked Nov 8 '12 by Alexandro Chen
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Yes, I think the internal monologue in the passage above is a clear example of telling (which could be good or bad depending on the situation). Personally, I tend to avoid internal monologue as much a …
answered Aug 13 '13 by Alexandro Chen
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This is the first time I'm writing something that jumps from one period of time to another in a short story: The field was vast and empty, like a green abandoned planet. Icaro and Maru were lyin …
asked May 17 '12 by Alexandro Chen
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I've written a couple of short stories. I'm really satisfied with some of them, and I would like to turn them into full-length novels. They were meant to be short stories from the beginning, but I fee …
asked Jul 23 '12 by Alexandro Chen
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I've been using Scribophile for some time (a website where you can post your work and receive feedback). Like you, I'm non-native English speaker, and the people there don't seem to care. They also gi …
answered Jun 15 '15 by Alexandro Chen
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I agree with you. There's nothing wrong with that direct style. I even prefer it over the indirect/complicated one. I believe this style is called minimalism, the biggest exponents being Hemingway an …
answered Jul 16 '13 by Alexandro Chen
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I'm editing a short story I wrote I while ago. And the first thing I wanted to do was to add similes/metaphors to it (OK, maybe just similes). The story is about a girl who fails to feel an earthquak …
asked May 28 '13 by Alexandro Chen
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Disclaimer: Dialogue is not my strength I think the problem is not that the dialogue is too long, but the fact that there's too much repetition and lack of variation. You do have some of the latter a …
answered Sep 10 '13 by Alexandro Chen
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I'm writing a short story. I decided to opening it in the following way: We were in Y, doing Z when she mentioned X. I wasn't sure whether she had misheard X's name or had gotten the wrong place...(a …
asked Apr 11 '13 by Alexandro Chen
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I read your story. It's not that Tony is boring; the problem is that he's too predictable and easy to understand. You only have to read the beginning of the story to know what's going on with him: he' …
answered Aug 11 '13 by Alexandro Chen
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I'm writing a short story with the following structure: B tells A she is gravely sick and wants to be alone (present) A talks about how he met B in a hospital (flashback) A talks with hi …
asked Aug 12 '13 by Alexandro Chen
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This is an extract of a short story I'm writing. Sometimes I get confused about when to start a new paragraph and when to start a new "scene." So I would like to know if I'm doing it properly here (an …
asked May 3 '12 by Alexandro Chen
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There are many types of endings. The one your professor is referring to is just one kind. What I really want to know, though, is what he means by should? If should means it should be like that so the …
answered Sep 14 '14 by Alexandro Chen