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WRITING SHORT STORIES 
BLOOMING TWIG
WILLIAM FAULKNER 
“ G E T I T D O W N . T A K E C H A N C E S . I T M A Y B E B A D , B U T I T ’ S T H E O N L Y W A Y Y O U CAN 
DO ANY T H I NG R E AL L Y GOOD . ”
Writing short stories is deceptively difficult.
In so many words, the author has to construct a 
world, characters, and plot that a reader will be 
invested in.
It’s 
tricky. 
And, it probably doesn’t help that there 
are several different formats to choose 
from.
Flash fiction is a tough genre to 
tackle. Generally, the rule for flash 
fiction is 1,000 words. Maximum. 
There are authors that pair 
stories down to two 
sentences. Ernest 
Hemmingway has a story 
in six words. Six.
FOR SALE : BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN. 
ERNEST HEMMINGWAY
I BEGIN TUCKING HIM INTO BED AND HE TELLS ME, 
“DADDY CHECK FOR MONSTERS UNDER MY BED.” I 
LOOK UNDERNEATH FOR HIS AMUSEMENT AND SEE 
HIM, ANOTHER HIM, UNDER THE BED, STARING BACK 
AT ME QUIVERING AND WHISPERING, “DADDY 
THERE’S SOMEBODY ON MY BED.” 
JUAN J. RUIZ
As for what to write, topics can be literally 
anything. Subtle character stories with intricate 
relationships are one end of the spectrum. The 
other end could be akin to space robots coming 
to Earth in search for fabled jelly donuts.
The general rule of thumb is “write what 
you know.” When a writer has something 
they love, a story comes to life rather 
quickly.
However… 
Blocks inevitably get in the way.
When writer’s block hits—and it 
will—it’s important to continue 
writing and face the problem 
head on.
Procrastination loops may include 
binge watching Netflix and putting 
anything ahead of finishing the story. 
Just one more episode? No. 
Get back to writing.
Once the topic is chosen and 
the 1,000+ words are written… 
It’s a story! 
…It may be messy yet, but it’s a 
story.
Editing comes next. It’s going to hurt 
to cut down sentences, fix the bad, 
and polish the story up. 
It’s got to be 
done.
STEPHEN KING 
“ K I L L Y O U R D A R L I N G S , K I L L Y O U R D A R L I N G S , E V E N W H E N I T B R E A K S Y O U R E G O C E N T R I C L I T T L E 
S C R I B B L E R ’ S H E A R T , K I L L Y O U R D A R L I N G S . ”
Once the painful editing process is over. 
Celebrate. 
Seriously. It’s an accomplishment that deserves a 
fancy dessert, some boasting, or maybe a drink. 
Or two.
It takes time to find the right home for a story. 
Be brave.
Unfortunately, it takes a lot of time and a tough hide.
SYLVIA PLATH 
“ I LOVE MY REJECT ION SL IPS. THEY SHOW ME I TRY . ”
There will be rejections. It is best not to be 
discouraged. It happens to everyone. 
Take a page from Sylvia Plath 
and stay positive about the 
experience. Always try again.
All that needs to be done, in so fewer 
words, is putting a pen to paper.
RESOURCES 
• http://dangerousminds.net/comments/ernest_hemi 
ngway_and_the_six-word_short_story 
• http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-quotes 
• http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/ 
2014/03/two-sentence-horror-stories/ 
• King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. 
New York: Scribner, 2000. Print. 
• http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2013/06/15/12 
-famous-writers-on-literary-rejection/
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Blooming Twig Books — #Writing Short Stories #booksthatmatter

  • 1. WRITING SHORT STORIES BLOOMING TWIG
  • 2. WILLIAM FAULKNER “ G E T I T D O W N . T A K E C H A N C E S . I T M A Y B E B A D , B U T I T ’ S T H E O N L Y W A Y Y O U CAN DO ANY T H I NG R E AL L Y GOOD . ”
  • 3. Writing short stories is deceptively difficult.
  • 4. In so many words, the author has to construct a world, characters, and plot that a reader will be invested in.
  • 5. It’s tricky. And, it probably doesn’t help that there are several different formats to choose from.
  • 6. Flash fiction is a tough genre to tackle. Generally, the rule for flash fiction is 1,000 words. Maximum. There are authors that pair stories down to two sentences. Ernest Hemmingway has a story in six words. Six.
  • 7. FOR SALE : BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN. ERNEST HEMMINGWAY
  • 8. I BEGIN TUCKING HIM INTO BED AND HE TELLS ME, “DADDY CHECK FOR MONSTERS UNDER MY BED.” I LOOK UNDERNEATH FOR HIS AMUSEMENT AND SEE HIM, ANOTHER HIM, UNDER THE BED, STARING BACK AT ME QUIVERING AND WHISPERING, “DADDY THERE’S SOMEBODY ON MY BED.” JUAN J. RUIZ
  • 9. As for what to write, topics can be literally anything. Subtle character stories with intricate relationships are one end of the spectrum. The other end could be akin to space robots coming to Earth in search for fabled jelly donuts.
  • 10. The general rule of thumb is “write what you know.” When a writer has something they love, a story comes to life rather quickly.
  • 11. However… Blocks inevitably get in the way.
  • 12. When writer’s block hits—and it will—it’s important to continue writing and face the problem head on.
  • 13. Procrastination loops may include binge watching Netflix and putting anything ahead of finishing the story. Just one more episode? No. Get back to writing.
  • 14. Once the topic is chosen and the 1,000+ words are written… It’s a story! …It may be messy yet, but it’s a story.
  • 15. Editing comes next. It’s going to hurt to cut down sentences, fix the bad, and polish the story up. It’s got to be done.
  • 16. STEPHEN KING “ K I L L Y O U R D A R L I N G S , K I L L Y O U R D A R L I N G S , E V E N W H E N I T B R E A K S Y O U R E G O C E N T R I C L I T T L E S C R I B B L E R ’ S H E A R T , K I L L Y O U R D A R L I N G S . ”
  • 17. Once the painful editing process is over. Celebrate. Seriously. It’s an accomplishment that deserves a fancy dessert, some boasting, or maybe a drink. Or two.
  • 18. It takes time to find the right home for a story. Be brave.
  • 19. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of time and a tough hide.
  • 20. SYLVIA PLATH “ I LOVE MY REJECT ION SL IPS. THEY SHOW ME I TRY . ”
  • 21. There will be rejections. It is best not to be discouraged. It happens to everyone. Take a page from Sylvia Plath and stay positive about the experience. Always try again.
  • 22. All that needs to be done, in so fewer words, is putting a pen to paper.
  • 23. RESOURCES • http://dangerousminds.net/comments/ernest_hemi ngway_and_the_six-word_short_story • http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-quotes • http://www.chicagonow.com/listing-toward-forty/ 2014/03/two-sentence-horror-stories/ • King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. New York: Scribner, 2000. Print. • http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2013/06/15/12 -famous-writers-on-literary-rejection/
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