Tag Archives: short stories

Why My Manuscript Was Rejected

Here are some of the common reasons the editor didn’t make it through the first chapter: 1. Generic beginnings: Stories that opened with the date or the weather didn’t really inspire interest. According to Harmsworth, you are only allowed to … Continue reading

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Advice for aspiring writers:

“Read, read, and read some more! Make sure you read a wide variety of stories: fantasy stories teach you about making up completely new worlds, crime-solving stories teach you about handling a complicated plot, stories with lots of characters teach … Continue reading

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Answers to Questions About Semicolons

  Here are three questions readers posed about use of prepositions and our responses. This sentence showcases my burning semicolon question: “That’s a great trick; best I’ve seen in ages.” I know the second clause in it contains no subject … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Completing Your First Draft

Follow these stages of preparation and production to assemble a first draft of written (or spoken) content. Identify Your Purpose What is the reason for writing the content? Are you objectively presenting information? If so, is it for educational purposes, … Continue reading

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Quick Tips for Short Story Success

(From the Web Editor) 1. The main character should FACE a problem/challenge and not BE the problem. Having a main character who is deeply flawed and whom you will “fix” though the story plot does not work for young people. … Continue reading

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Porch Stories

Bruce Nelson grew up in a small black community where he pitched watermelons, picked cotton, swam in the neighborhood canals, and attended the segregated Booker T. Washington School, in Mesa, AZ. The neighborhood was known as North Town. In 1994 … Continue reading

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Rules of Thumb

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