Tag: Short Story

The Fourth Draft: Editing a Short Story with a Friend

The Fourth Draft: Editing a Short Story with a Friend

I’m finished with the foundations, frame, and other major changes to the story, and need to take the next, worst step: being picky about the details. I’m not a naturally persnickety person. Editing at the sentence level is usually as far as I go. Words and turns of phrases feel better when I don’t think …

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Audiobook!

Audiobook!

Back in June, I posted an article about recording an audiobook for Without Magic. Last weekend, it happened! I’m looking forward to sharing the finished audiobook with everyone. Why did I record an audiobook for a short story? I’ve been researching writers who make a living through self-publishing alone, and all of them share certain …

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Naming the Short Story

Naming the Short Story

I never know what to title anything I write, especially fiction. The short story has been called: “Chess Story” “The Un-Erotica/Non-Erotic story” “Holding Hands” “Smart Lady Gets Emotionally Bent” A former classmate told me that she only titles something when she’s on the final draft. The story will undergo so many changes that the title …

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The Third Draft: My Writing Sucks For Sure

The Third Draft: My Writing Sucks For Sure

What better way to start the third draft than by banging my head against the wall? I’m at the point where I know for certain that my writing sucks. I am currently in the nadir of this timeline. The stakes aren’t high enough. The characters aren’t interesting. The premise isn’t interesting. What is the premise …

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The Second Draft

The Second Draft

I am on the third draft of the short story, looking back on what I’ve done with the second. Mostly, revising the second draft means ossifying plot and rewriting major sections. I have the ending figured out, I know my major changes, and I’ve cut out the elements which don’t make sense and added structure. …

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Shit Taste and Paranamanco

Shit Taste and Paranamanco

Disliking many of the short stories in The Big Book of Science Fiction made me wonder if maybe I have shit taste. After all, nearly all of them are award-winning or era-defining or represent the national sci-fi archetype or have some other pedigree. If other people thought they were so good that they awarded them …

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Magical Art Camp and Audio Books

Magical Art Camp and Audio Books

I have been time-impoverished since last Friday due to a trifecta of family emergencies, deadlines, and preparing for my contract job as a counselor an interdisciplinary arts camp. I attended for three summers as a creative writing student, and the camp was one of the first places where I knew I had to step up my …

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From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

I’m documenting my writing process for short stories here on the blog. This isn’t an original idea. Many blogs document the writing process through word count, snowflake methods, rote editing tips, etc, and their authors know that few works spring fully-formed from the heads of creators. The well-edited conclusion can look so natural that the end …

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Atmosphere in The Hands

Atmosphere in The Hands

My second analysis from The Big Book of Science Fiction will be The Hands by John Baxter. The short story doesn’t have a free online version. If you’d like to read it, you’ll have to buy the anthology (which you should do anyway because it is excellent). As always, this is not a review. There …

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