By: Karen Woodward
I was going to take a break from talking about story
I came across
a fabulous post by Chris Winkle over at Mythcreants, “Outline a Short Story in Seven Steps,” that I have to
share. structure but
I encourage you to head over to Chris Winkle’s site and read his article for yourself, what follows is what I’m going to call ‘a creative summary.’ Inevitably, I’ve filtered his ideas through my own point of view. One of the results of this is that CW’s seven points have blossomed into nine.
1. Create a problem.
This problem will be the central conflict of the story. I like to think of this as ‘the engine’ since this is what drives the story forward, as well as what will initially grab the
curiosity. Additionally, this problem is what
propels the protagonist to action. readers
CW advises writers to make this problem neither too easy nor too complex. He writes:
you choose something trivial, you’ll work harder to make it meaningful, and
if you choose something daunting, you could struggle to find a solution.” if
Instead: “Look for a significant problem that can be solved by one person, in one scene.”
Great advice! I’m realizing why so many of my short stories morphed into novellas or novels: I have the habit of using problems that are much too big.
2. Create a character (the protagonist) to have this problem.
. . .
Read the full article HERE!
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