Title: Short Story Tips: 10 Ways to Improve Your Creative Writing
Author: Dennis G. Jerz (great lit blog)
Full Text & Source: http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/creative1/shortstory/
The Internet, Online, 10/6/2015
Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book. A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict, and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation. Go easy on the exposition and talky backstory — your reader doesn’t need to know everything that you know about your characters.