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A short story is the same as a novel, except you leave out the first 450 pages. You just write the end. It’s not a short novel, it’s the shortest possible story. There is no better way to learn how to write short stories than just to read a ton of short stories.


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You don’t have to write in a seamless flow. You don’t even have to write a first draft that flows seamlessly. It may take a number of rewrites before you have a story you are happy with. Also, you can’t necessarily sit down and write for 4 hours or 8 hours if you haven’t already been doing that regularly. Writing works the same as any other exercise: you ...


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Easy question. When you start to write them, do not focus on the subject, do not attempt to maintain a seamless flow. Just write them out. What's coming out it a compilation of all the things you consciously or unconsciously put aside as worthy of thought and retelling. However, this is just your raw material. Then, with the benefit of a daily writing ...


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Well I had a book that I really wanted to write and I wrote it. And then it was pathetic. But I came back to it a few years later and edited it to death. The bottom line, write what you want now, because you might not get a chance later.


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Confusion is the loss control over one's mind, and thus one's writing thoughts. Don't be confused with any of your writing pieces. Whether you have a brilliant story in mind or want to start a short story, just pick up your pen without any delay and write down all your thoughts. Then see what magical words you will write :) I love writing too. Any time a ...


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Get the content out of your mind. That's the most important thing. Also, combination/assimilation of such plots mayn't be a bad idea. Judd Apatow, in his book "Sick In The Head" explains to Garry Shandling that he saw working on "Freaks and Geeks" as a prequel to "The Larry Sanders Show," if Larry Sanders was in middle school first.


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Even as a beginner, I think you can work on two projects at once in a limited manner. Put almost all of your effort into the short story. But jot down a few notes about your ideas for the big one. You could do fun things like google search for things or places or people you might like to fit into the longer story. Don't do much more than that or it will ...


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It really is up to you which you write. However, I would recommend based off of my experience writing a short story first and then if you are still feeling good about the idea try and expand it.


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YoungWritersSociety is a great place. It's got a really active community, but it's geared toward younger and less experienced writers - but it still works for the better, elder writers, too.


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If I pull off what I hope I can, I'll be very pleased. I'm hoping to put elements in the story that make the reader curious, but not completely sure as to what's going on behind the scenes. I hope readers figure pieces out on their own, and once they finish the book, they immediately want to re-read the book and can better fully understand the significance ...


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Depends where you want to put it. James Joyce saw shirt stories as building to an epiphany, and unlocked for sudden burst of knowledge. O Henry was good at putting a little twist in the tale at the end.



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