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Writer’s Tips. Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers (Kennedy and Jerz)

Posted on: December 10, 2009

Everyone who knows me knows that I am always looking for good articles to share with other writers. Check out this one at:

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/creative/shortstory/index.html#Start

1. Get Started: Emergency Tips

Is your short story due tomorrow morning? Here are a few emergency tips. Good luck!

  1. Who is your protagonist, and what does he or she want?
    (The athlete who wants her team to win the big game and the car crash victim who wants to survive his injuries are not specific enough.)
  2. When the story begins, what morally significant actions has he or she already taken towards that goal?
    (“Morally significant” doesn’t mean your protagonist has to be conventionally “good”; rather, he or she should already have made a significant choice that sets up the rest of the story.)
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