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Conda:I just read you article on short stories. I thought it was right on. As you know, the nonfiction short short is sort of my thing. What I strive for is face-paced action: verbs, verbs, and more verbs. I use one, or two characters, and one problem. I introduce the character and the problem in one paragraph. Then the action takes place in one or two short paragraphs. After that, I bust out into a short conclusion, resolution, or cliff hanger - whatever. I try not to ever exceed 450 words! That's short. Unfortunately, I've been doing this kind of writing for so long that now that I have trouble writing longer pieces. There's always something, right?Always a pleasure to visit your site and gain more insight from reading your valuable posts.Happy trails.
Thanks Swu, for the compliments on my post.And other readers, Swu's posts are always an entertaining read that, no matter that they are nonfiction (in some ways that's incredibly intriguing, you've had quite the life, Swu) they are excellent examples of fabulous truly short, short stories.
Well I read the article and tried to post this to the comments:Wonderful article Conda! I try to write short stories for myself, for practice, but they usually end up being long and drawn out...Perhaps I'm putting too much detail and not doing enough outside reading. I'll give that a try.Myspace hates me...It wouldn't let me post it for technical problems on the site.Maybe it will show eventually.
Thanks, muse! And your comment did post--twice! Ah, technology--didn't I just have a post about my struggles? Which I'm still not sure what went wrong and if it'll go wrong again.
Conda,A really impressive post. Excellently put together and full of sound Not-all-that-common sencse. Superb.
Thank you, Dave! Since I often discover your posts to be interestingly informative and intriguing, I even more appreciate the compliment.
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