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Blackedge Edge: Three Shrot Stories



When you're pushed to the edge by a state the size of New York, things could go either way. Gaston Wade did the unthinkable. He fought back, taking state workers hostage. There is more than one way to ...

When you're pushed to the edge by a state the size of New York, things could go either way. Gaston Wade did the unthinkable. He fought back, taking state workers hostage. There is more than one way to solve a problem; take the unconventional approach and you might invite tragedy into your life. He took such an approach to solve his prolem and ended up losing his life

Breaking up over material things is hard to do. Be brash with the invitations you give to your friends and you may as well give up your home and security. Tunka and Lucinda Menin found that out the hard way, when Rebecca fought her husband, Bantubain, in their home. They've got to separate them before Rebecca is all broken up.

And sometimes you look in the wrong places for pleasure, like Romero's search for bliss that led her into the wrong path. She was "Unsatisfactory," taking hers, so always keep your options open.



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  • The Long And The Short Of The Short Story! Youve plucked up the courage to enter a short story competition. Youve had a go at afew short stories in the past and youve been wanting to tackle a novel for ages, but the idea was waytoo daunting so youve just shoved that to the bottom of your lifes "To Do" list. A short story is a muchbetter idea, isnt it? Its just like writing a novel only shorter. Right?Not exactly!Its been said that its not that a short story is long, its that it takes a long time to make it short. The ideathat a short story is just a mini novel is an idea that will mean certain death to the success of your shortstory, before youve even written the first sentence.There is an art, and a process to writing a short story, just like theres an art and a process to writing anovel, a non-fiction book or an essay. Success is a matter of knowing the basic principles, and thenapplying these to write the best short story youre capable of.The question is, do you have the stamina to make your story short?That question is easily answered by walking step by step through the writing process.1. PlanningNo matter what you are writing, you need to have a plan. Would you attempt to build a house withoutplans? Or would you set sail on the high seas without a map and compass? Writing stories is exactly thesame. Set out without a plan and you will undoubtedly become lost in a forest of your own words. Some simple questions to ask yourself at this early stage include: * Who is your main character and what is their predicament? * What do they want? How can they get out of their predicament? * Who or what is stopping them getting what they want? * How can you apply pressure to your character to force them into making tough choices inpursuit of their goal? * What will your character learn over the course of the story? Answering these few questions at the start will help you know who your character is, what they 1
  • want, and how they will go about getting it.2. WritingOnce you have a plan for your story you are ready to write it. When you are writing, you are justwriting. You are not editing and you are not planning, you are writing. This specifically means that youdont stop to wonder if "this way sounds better than that way". When you are writing you are capturingthe essence of the action in your story. You are writing a draft, not a finished product. At this stage donteven think about your word limit. Just write the entire story as you have planned it. Well take care ofthe word limit in the editing and rewriting stages.The writing stage is similar to mining a diamond. When a diamond is mined it is a chunk of rock, witha few glimmers to show it is actually a diamond. You dont mine a beautifully cut and polisheddiamond straight from the side of a mountain, do you? No, you have an amazing piece of raw material,which you then take to a jeweller who will cut and polish it to show its beauty to its greatest advantage.In the writing process, the jeweller is the editor.3. RewritingOnce you have completed the first draft, the very best thing you can do is walk away. It can be difficultto get any distance from your own work, but it is virtually impossible if you try to plan, write, rewriteand edit your story in one sitting. If possible dont look at it again for at least another day. This allowsyour story time to rest and "breathe", and when you return to it you will see it in a fresh light.When you are ready, re-read it straight through once without stopping, and without making anychanges or marks in the margins. Once youve finished the first read, ask yourself one question: did Iwrite the story that I set out to write? If the answer is no, dont panic. Its amazing how the real storyyou are meant to write comes out in the writing. At this stage your main focus is to ensure that theintention of the story equals the result. In other words, the story has to make sense, and must flow frombeginning to end, with all questions raised at the beginning being answered by the end. It is quitecommon to do comprehensive rewrites of the first few scenes, as the story you really wanted to writedidnt surface until after youd really got cracking. Thats ok. Just go back and rewrite any scenes youneed to, to make the story flow from beginning to end.Some other important questions to ask at this stage are: * Are there any great leaps in time or place? It is generally best to keep these leaps to aminimum in a short story. * How many characters do you have? Its never a great idea to have more than three majorcharacters at the most, and Ive read great short stories where there is only one. Save the huge cast foryour novel. * Does the story continually move forward? Its very easy to have two or maybe even threescenes showing the same thing about your character. A scene is a unit of change - if a scene doesntmove the story forward, it needs to be cut or rewritten. 2
  • So rewriting is re-seeing and re-sculpting. The main purpose of this stage of the process is to make surethe story makes sense. There is a logic to story, and if there are any great leaps in time or place, youmay need to add some small linking phrases. Once you are happy that the story flows in sequence youare ready to move to the final phase: editing.4. EditingYou now need to step entirely out of your creative right brain and into your logical and analytical leftbrain, to refine and polish your story.Firstly, look at your word count. Are you way over, way under, or pretty close to the mark? Neversubmit a story that is over the word limit. Respect the requirements of the competition and keep withinthe word limit.Now read your story again, this time with your red marker in hand and a critical eye on the page. Somequestions you need to ask at this stage are: * When does the action begin? This is where your story begins. Its tempting to "set the scene"and "show character" but the reality is, you dont need to. The story always begins where the actionbegins. If there is anything that needs to be explained you havent written your action properly. * Is all the action on the "spine" of the story? Edit out any superfluous material. Again, save itfor your novel. * Show dont tell. This means, dont tell us about someone, show us their character by puttingthem into difficult situations and let us discern their character by the choices they make. * Edit out all explanation. As a general rule, ask yourself, "is it an image?" If its not itsprobably explanation and needs to be cut. * Is there a "solution" to the story? Does the story deliver what it promised? * Now is the time to ask, "is this the best way to say this?" If not, write it again, and say itbetter.You may find yourself rewriting, editing, rewriting, editing over and over. This is completely normal!Most good short story authors do at least 15 drafts of their short stories before they are happy with theresult.So, youve made it through the process and youre ready to send your story off to the competition. Makesure you double space it, that the font size is big enough to read easily and that youve put enoughpostage on the envelope!And good luck!Suzanne Harrison is the Director and Founder of Writers Central, an innovative online creative writingschool and community, offering creative writing, short story, novel and screenplay courses, news, 3
  • reviews, articles, professional services, competitions and tips for writers. She can be found at[] Suzanne is also a popular and inspirational speaker and workshopleader, renowned for her motivational style and her passion for story. Suzanne believes that theeveryone who can speak and think can write, and she is committed to helping you become the very bestwriter you can possibly be. She begins her unique process by helping you to hitch your writing arm toyour unconscious mind, then guiding you through the basics of story structure before taking you stepby step through a process to write award-winning short stories, then onto the ultimate, planning andwriting a novel or screenplay that sells.Article Source: more here: 4