Tag Archives: short stories

Pace the story

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne Narrative pace concerns how fast or slow the plot movement feels to the reader as they make their way through the story. Good pace enables the narrative to offer a feeling of smooth and constant … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts on children's fiction, Writing fiction, Writing short stories, Writing short stories for the middle child reader | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Well-structured dialogue

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne Dialogue is a powerful tool in the development of character, conflict, humour, drama, tension, suspense and pace. But dialogue must be handled skilfully in order to accomplish any of its objectives. Without a proper understanding … Continue reading

Posted in Writing fiction, Writing short stories, Writing short stories for the middle child reader | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

From stereotype to complex character with speed and ease

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne Stereotypes are not real people, as real people are multi-dimensional. All the same, with only a few simple but poignant attributes, a stereotype offers an immediate, energetic and powerful impression. By using the stereotype as … Continue reading

Posted in Writing fiction, Writing short stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Inspiration from inside an empty matchbox

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne This post demonstrates how conflict fuels and develops a story. An understanding of our simple example will help the writer with both good story structure and the search for new ideas. It’s the ideas angle … Continue reading

Posted in Writing fiction, Writing short stories, Writing short stories for the middle child reader | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Writing fiction, Writing short stories, Writing short stories for the middle child reader | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Writing fiction, Writing short stories | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Writing short stories | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Where do you get your ideas for your stories?

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne Like so many storytellers this is a question I’ve been asked a lot. And it’s a question I don’t generally take seriously because ideas come easily and often from so little that I never think … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts on children's fiction | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Exercises for sparking up character in the short story

Copyright © 2011 Jerry Dunne This post is a follow-on from the post Sparking Up Character In The Short Story. http://is.gd/HTd7je So now we know we need to find the attitude of the character as related to the idea and … Continue reading

Posted in Writing short stories for the middle child reader | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sparking up character in the short story

Copyright © 2011 Jerry Dunne It’s difficult enough to bring character to life in a novel, but a short story offers an even trickier challenge. Many writers need time to build their character and give it energy. They can’t just … Continue reading

Posted in Writing short stories for the middle child reader | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment