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I have a question for my friends out there who write. I've been looking at a lot of short stories lately, and I've been wondering something: how do you make a good short story? And by short, I mean really short. Less than 1,000 words short.

From what I've looked at, in order to keep it short, you either have to take characters that people already know so that you don't have to character build, or put a character into the middle of a situation and hope that you can build the plot enough so that you don't have to build the characters up too much.

What do you do?

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Date: 2012-06-13 12:49 am (UTC)
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Oh dear. I have no idea!

Mostly anything of mine that's that small (and self-contained, which is really hard) just focuses on one thing. An idea. A small event. A thought. A revelation. If it's about a conversation, then it's usually characters that are known, yes, because otherwise you have to give too much info on them.

I imagine that you can do unknown characters in 1000 words, but the way I'd try it would be for the characters to really not be fleshed out. One-dimensional, really, whatever dimension is needed for the story. ;P Either that or you have to be a real wordsmith, to get a reader to hold more than one idea about them in so few words!

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