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If I were writing this story, I would have the character start Taking the Third Option (needless link to TV Tropes omitted). He is trapped in the room, and can either wait for help or go through the potentially dangerous robotics lab (with all sorts of power tools and mechanical arms to wield them as weapons), but he instead goes in the robotics lab just ...


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First, direct world building and character building goes out. "Show, don't tell" becomes your first commandment and you dive right into story progression, establishing the world, characters and mood as a side-effects of the plot. A man in a spacesuit, riding on a camel through a desert is worthy two pages of traditional worldbuilding. Give him scars, a ...


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The trick is to measure your story in words, rather than pages. Your page count depends on arbritrary things like font size, page size and line spacing. You'll find that, when it comes to publishing opportunities, length is nearly always expressed in words. The first story I sold was 71 words (here). The publisher wanted stories of no more than 75. This ...


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One remark up-front, length is measured in words instead of pages. Usually publishers have their own policy on this and will buy offerings only when they comply. There are short story, novella and novel formats, maybe others. There are general guidelines for each literary category: Short stories range anywhere from 1,500 to 30,000 words; Novellas run from ...


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In my opinion, a short story is a very precise, succinct set of plot points which outlines and resolves the situation in quick movements. How quickly can you get the story out without compromising the feeling of each movement. How quickly can you create suspense without it feeling akward. The length is a good balance between good movement and quick ...


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I write a lot of tiny stories. There are no rules about what they can and can't do, but usually mine focus on a single moment. I include minimal descriptions and minimal dialog, when necessary. I usually write the event then add little bits of the surrounding story: why did it happen and what were the repercussions. The best advice is probably to read a ...



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