Category Archives: Writing short stories

The short story’s storytelling elements

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne Here we examine the short story’s storytelling elements and the restrictions placed on them in comparison to those of longer pieces of fiction. The main storytelling elements consist of character, point of view (POV), plot, … Continue reading

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The 3 act plot structure for the short story

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne The plot isn’t a series of events that move forward in a random way. The events are connected by cause and effect and have a very definite structure to them. The plot for the short … Continue reading

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Types of research material for the fiction writer

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne This post briefly describes the main types of research material available to the creative writer with some pros and cons offered on each type. What are primary and secondary sources? These terms are common to … Continue reading

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Research and the fiction writer

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne This post looks at why the fiction writer benefits from research, the best way of handling research, and ends on a warning of how researched material may easily drown rather than enhance the story. Why … Continue reading

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Improving the character interview technique used by fiction writers

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne In this post, we look at how the character interview technique is used as a means to help stimulate the fiction writer’s imagination in developing character. We see that the usual approach with this technique … Continue reading

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How to develop insightful and credible short story ideas from a fable

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne Below is the first part of the fables chapter from my book How to Develop (Imaginative, Insightful & Credible) Short Story Ideas CHAPTER THREE Fables Here we appraise the fable as a means of both an … Continue reading

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How to develop imaginative short story ideas from a saying

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne Below is the first part of the sayings chapter from my book How to Develop (Imaginative, Insightful & Credible) Short Story Ideas CHAPTER TWO Sayings In this chapter, we are going to think of a … Continue reading

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