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Friday, May 23, 2014

Say it all in 1,000 words...

The short story is a tricky format.

Short stories might look easy to write, but getting all you want to say into a few thousand words or less is a big challenge.

But writers are always up for challenges, right? So here's a new one. Say all you need to say in 1,000 words and win some great cash prizes courtesy of www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk.

If you need some tips on how to get started, take a look at the chapter on writing short stories in The Creative Writing Student's Handbook, which will get you thinking and planning and plotting straight away!

Most successful short stories show a character moving on in some way - learning something, realising something, making some kind of connection, making sense of a part of his or her world.

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