Short Stories

Writing

How Useful Are Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Rules of Writing?

Despite passing away in 2007, Kurt Vonnegut remains a giant in the American speculative fiction tradition. His writing is both poignant and politically charged, with masterpieces like the anti-war Slaughterhouse-Five and the surreal Cat’s Cradle. There’s a good chance you read some of his work … read more »

Podcast

112 – Pros and Cons of Short Stories

The Mythcreant Podcast

This podcast won’t be very long. We promise, no more than 10,000 words. That’s because today we’re talking about short stories, those bite-sized morsels of narrative. We discuss how short stories are not simply scaled-down novels, how they’re useful for new authors, and how they … read more »

Writing

Six Common Problems in Short Stories

While they may not get the fame and prestige of their cousin the novel, short stories* are a vital part of speculative fiction. Some of spec fic’s most important and influential work comes in the form of short stories, from venerable classics like The Yellow … read more »

Writing

Writing a Short Story vs a Novel

A big horse walking alongside a miniature horse.

With the dawn of online publishing, we have more options for story length than ever before. Microfiction, flash fiction, novelettes, and novellas all have a market online, and most writers will transition to a different length during their careers. It can be confusing to adapt … read more »

Writing

Outline a Short Story in Seven Steps

If you have lots of creative ideas and trouble organizing them, try using this framework to craft a short story. It isn’t the key to making every tale under the sun, but it should help you frame your central conflict, create a proactive character, and … read more »

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