Deep Structure

On writetodone.com, Dr. John Yeoman writes tips on creating Deep Structure in short stories. This was a nice article that gives tips and describes why the tips create better stories. He describes ‘Deep Structure’ as the depth the reader feels in a story, the additional information and perspective that a reader can get from a story. He gives three really nice tips, and goes into a lot of detail on the tips. It’s a must read. He says you must give your story a sense of unity, you could echo an emblem, and that you could weave in a sub-plot, all to…

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More on Short Story Structure

On my investigation of short story structure, I came across Larry Brooks, the Story Fixer, and this article. The article is great, and he advocates that short stories need all the same aspects that novels do, but those aspects don’t need to be written. He describes how the aspects must be there for the reader, but those aspects can be between the lines, or before of after the writing. His blog looks to contain tons of great information, and I’ve subscribed to updates. I’m not usually a fan of the “conversational blogging tone” that he takes in this article, but…

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Short Story Structure

I’m curious about short story structure, and I’m starting my research by checking out some articles I’ve found online. First up: The Structure of a Short Story, by James R. Hull. James likens the story to the process of problem solving, and makes an analogy comparing key story elements (ex. character) to key aspects of our minds (ex. motivations). He finishes by suggesting that short stories are successful when they paint a complete enough picture for the reader to fill in the gaps, but just barely. Overall I thought it was a nice little article. It doesn’t give any step by steps or…

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My Writer’s Journey

I’ve been writing for a good while, but I want to explore the craft and expand my skills. At the advice of a good friend, I’m going to blog about my writer’s journey and about what I learn. One area I’ve not played with much, is writing shorts. I certainly read less shorts than novels, but I’m a huge fan of comics and graphic novels. I really like the portion of story you can receive from them, and how your imagination can go wild with filling in some of the “missing” detail of the story. I’m also interested to learn about…

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