In this episode, Leslie and Clark critique the opening pages of Marcelo Mendes’s “The Automatic Author” an as yet unpublished literary science fiction short story. They discuss short stories, economy of words, where to start your story, and ways to evoke feelings.
Editorial Mission—Write a Short Story
Drafting short stories is one way to explore and practice all the elements of story in rapid succession is to play with short stories. Write a short story and focus on an element of storytelling that is most challenging for you. Experiment! This is not your work in progress with which your heart is indelibly entwined. Have some fun and take risks.
Here’s a great blog post from Karen Woodward about different ways to structure a short story.