#Writing Tip from the Desk of Cari Jehlik: Short #Stories

I’d love to get a handle on writing short stories.  I have at least twelve story ideas to develop, but the time to make them novels is unrealistic at this point. I will use these tips to assess which can be created in 5000 words or less.

Cari Jehlik

Short stories aren’t only a  genre and craft unto themselves, but they are also a fantastic means to practice new story elements.

For example, if you know that your novel needs to have a bit of suspense in it, you can practice writing suspense in short stories. If your novel will take a dark turn, you can practice writing something dark in a short story.

There are a few ways you can go about getting the most out of your short stories.

Set yourself a word count limit.

Somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 words and you need to get the entire story down in that number of words. For me, 2-3,000 is enough words to get in a decent story and practice the element.

This does a couple things for you. It limits how much you can say and forces you to pick the best words and phrases to advance…

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