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Short Story Series: Great Insights

By |2020-03-06T11:54:28-05:00December 8th, 2014|Writing Tips|

Understand Your Experiences: Part 13 This is the thirteenth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 13: Great short story writers provide great insights. “The power of fiction is that it gives us, as readers, the opportunity to move inside another human being, to look [...]

Short Story Series: Let Your Stories Unfurl

By |2020-03-06T11:54:29-05:00December 1st, 2014|Writing Tips|

Don’t Try to Solve Problems or Find Solutions: Part 12 This is the twelfth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 12: Great short story writers don’t try to solve problems or find solutions. “A writer doesn't solve problems. He allows them to emerge.” [...]

Short Story Series: Create Compelling Endings

By |2020-03-06T11:54:30-05:00November 24th, 2014|Writing Tips|

Know Your Last Sentence: Part 11 This is the eleventh blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 11: Great short story writers write great endings. “It is my feeling that a story is not finished until it is read, and that the reader finishes it [...]

Short Story Series: How to Entice Your Reader

By |2020-03-06T11:54:31-05:00November 17th, 2014|Writing Tips|

  Write Great Beginnings: Part 10 This is the tenth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 9: Great short story writers write great beginnings. “The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace. Style and personality are irrelevant. They can be formal [...]

Short Story Series: Create Compelling Characters

By |2020-03-06T11:54:32-05:00November 10th, 2014|Writing Tips|

Who Drives Your Story: Part 9 This is the ninth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 9: Great short story writers develop strong characters.   “It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I [...]

Short Story Series: A Sense Of Place

By |2020-03-06T11:54:33-05:00November 3rd, 2014|Writing Tips|

  Write From Where You Are: Part 8 This is the eighth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 8: Great short story writers recognize the importance of place.   “Every story would be another story, and unrecognized . . . if it took [...]

Short Story Series: Write What You Know

By |2020-03-06T11:54:33-05:00October 27th, 2014|Writing Tips|

  Getting At The Truth: Part 7 This is the seventh blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 7: Great short story writers draw from their own life experiences.   “The proper relationship of a writer to his or her own life is [...]

Short Story Series: Lyrical writing

By |2020-03-06T11:54:34-05:00October 20th, 2014|Short Story Contest, Writing Tips|

Discovering Greatness in Smallness: Part 6 This is the sixth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 6: Great short story writers are also poets.   “Lyrical prose makes the words sing, doesn’t it?”-- Silvia Villalobos   When American Indian, Sherman Alexie, began writing during his [...]

Short Story Series: Concise and Compact

By |2020-03-06T11:54:35-05:00October 14th, 2014|Short Story Contest, Writing Tips|

Discovering Greatness in Smallness: Part 5 This is the fifth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 5: Great short story writers are concise. Get in, get out.  Don’t linger. Go on.—Raymond Carver The best short stories are tightly constructed and compacted.  They are both [...]

Revealed: Mystery Short Story Contest Judges

By |2020-03-06T11:54:36-05:00October 8th, 2014|Short Story Contest|

  Judges Uncovered: Feature Profiles of our Mystery Panel Wondering who will be reading and reviewing your Mystery Short Stories? These three experienced judges can’t wait to dig into your work! Remember to submit your story by November 3, 2014 for these authors and literary critics to read your work. Full Mystery Contest Details here. [...]

Short Story Series: The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

By |2020-03-06T11:54:36-05:00October 6th, 2014|Book Promotion News, Writing Tips|

Discovering Greatness in Smallness: Part 4 This is the fourth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 4: Great short story writers view the ordinary world in extraordinary ways. “I get [ideas] from looking at the world we live in, [...]

Short Story Series: Write Without a Clear Destination

By |2020-03-06T11:54:37-05:00September 29th, 2014|Short Story Contest, Writing Tips|

Discovering Greatness in Smallness: Part 3 This is the third blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness:  15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 3: Great short story writers don’t plan their stories--they just let their stories flow. “I just kind of feel (the story) out like a [...]