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Your Writing Coach 2nd ed: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication by Jurgen Wolff

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The questions and answers in this chapter will get you started writing your short story. It’s a genre that used to be very popular in all kinds of magazines. It’s still sought after by literary magazines and is having something of a renaissance online as well.

What should I write about?

One of the great features of short stories is that they can be about anything. There are some versions that have particular characteristics or structure, such as the “twist in the tale” format, in which there is some kind of surprise revelation at the end. For instance, the story might suggest that a nice old lady is a innocent bystander to a crime, but reveal at the very end that she was the criminal. In this genre, ...

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