(Back in 2011 I introduced my 6-Step formula for writing a short short. I thought it would be a good idea to resurrect the formula for those who may have missed it. This formula also works for writing other formats of a story such as short stories and even the novella.)
A short short is a short story that usually contains between 1200 - 1500 words. Experienced writers can spit 1500 before breakfast. It's as easy for them as swiping a credit card. However, an experienced writer also knows that writing the short short can be more difficult than writing a full length novel. The brevity of the story constricts the wordsmith, depriving him of developing character, plot and setting, all of which he can develop fully in a short story, a novella or a full-length novel. Every line and paragraph of the short short must be significant to carry the story forward with rapidity and terseness. Like a prize fighter, the author of the short short attempts to score points with …
Slant rhyme or half rhyme, sometimes
called near rhyme or imperfect rhyme are words that come close to rhyming, but
they really don’t rhyme. (Said / regret, or find / friend.) Emily
Dickinson is best known for her use of slant rhyme. They are a common
characteristic of her poetry as is her unconventional punctuation.
will admit, my original thoughts about slant rhyme were confining. I was under
the impression that Dickinson (and others) used slant rhyming merely to
increase the possibilities of word choice. This, in turn, would allow the poet
greater flexibility and increase his/her ability to convey meaning.
In searching the internet for thoughts on the advantages
of slant rhyme usage I came across a site, www.Chegg.com. In their definition of
slant rhyme the author states, “Many poets use slant rhyme to introduce an
element of the unexpected and prompt their readers to pay closer attention to
words themselves rather than the sounds of the words.…
THE 3 BEST REASONS TO WRITE SHORT STORIES
Reason 1: Authors have the
capability to alter lives. It’s only through fiction that one can understand
reality. What does that mean? Stories are catalysts in defying the natural laws
of gravity. Readers, as if on a magic carpet ride, are lifted to a higher level
of awareness where the unclear suddenly becomes obvious. A story’s thematic
resonance has the power to change paradigms, shift priorities, and offer clues
to help solve the mysteries of life.
2: The act of sharing thoughts and imagination through story indicate your
recognition that all living creatures are united in the indisputable triptych of
being—birth, life, and death, regardless of geographic location, monetary
solvency, education, race, and creed.
3: A recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled, Why Good Storytellers
Are Happier in Life and in Love, states, “Storytelling is one way couples
bond when a relationship is young.” It goe…