Short story writing. Is it for you? What makes a reader want to read more? Author Travis Richardson has written a post with those questions and more answered, plus a great list of links to check out some of the best short stories for yourself. On today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors, where there’s always a little bit of everything for writers and readers!
by Travis Richardson
When writing a short story, besides telling a compelling plot, it is often good to have a character change, differentiating who they were at the beginning to who they became by the end of the story. In crime fiction, this could mean a breathing character on page one ends of up dead by the last period. One of the things that I like in good noir-ish crime fiction is when I am hurt as a reader. And that is the feeling that I try to do as writer. In a world where movies and commercials over-sensationalize every moment they can, and, on the other end, video games desensitize, I still want to make a unique impact in the jaded headspaces. I want to have a hard emotional gut punch that leaves readers breathless at the end. If I’ve learned one thing by reading short stories, especially crime…
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