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milliex51

I have to write a short story about result in a change in perspective or meaning. What are some story plot ideas? I'm not creative at all D: Help!

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  1. Sandeez
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    Try thinking of opposite concepts/attitudes that exist. Love/hate (typical romance), Poor/rich lifestyles, Religion, Workaholics/playfulness (similar to Disney Frog Princess plot), etc. I guess it depends on how long this short story can be!

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  2. milliex51
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    It has to be 2 pages long.. eek!

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  3. milliex51
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    It seems to short to be writing a short story in 2 pages..

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  4. Carl_Pham
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    Then try writing it much, much shorter. Try writing it in 100 words. You really can get across the essence of the idea in 100 words. Once you do that, you can then expand to two pages by judiciously adding background, scene-setting, description, follow-up, dialogue or what-have-you.

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  5. milliex51
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    really? But writing short stories are so... difficult!

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  6. Carl_Pham
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    Yes indeed. Often harder than writing novels. You need to be really focussed. But that's why I suggest beginning by writing the story as one sentence, or at most two. Give yourself only 100 words. You will find you MUST zero in on the very core of the idea, the single thought or feeling which is the core of your story. It's like a cartoon, or like a painted line in a Chinese drawing -- just the essence of the thing, with much left to be filled in by imagination. But once you've got that essence, you may find it much easier to fill it out, by adding back in all the detail you had to strip out to find the core of the story. The only thing is, now that you're adding it in, you can decide what to add and what not to add, based on how important it is. Is it important that the girl is your sister? That her hair is blonde? That it was breakfast time? Most of those decisions will be clearer to you after you have brutally pruned everything away to get to the core of the story. It will be hard work, getting a 100 word core. But the payoff is that after you do, it should be much easier to expand it out to your two pages. You will be doing all the hard work up front. And one advantage is: since it involves NOT writing, you will be more efficient. You can NOT write while taking a shower, walking the dog, staring up at the clouds!

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  7. Redwood_Girl
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    Short stories are like poetry: every word, every breath, must count.

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  8. Carl_Pham
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    Rudyard Kipling, from his autobiography: "My young head was in a ferment of new things seen and realised at every turn and -- that I might in any way keep abreast of the flood -- it was necessary that every word should tell, carry weight, taste and, if need were, smell."

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    Exactly! Nice quote. :)

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