400 Words

400 Words

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by Kurt Ulmer
     
 

This is a brief (400 word) guide to writing and assessing short stories. Especially my own. Some writers object to a structure for stories. That is fine as long as you realize that no structure is a structure still. You just write and hope to pull the reader along. Readers, speaking for myself and one or two others, like to know where you’re taking

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This is a brief (400 word) guide to writing and assessing short stories. Especially my own. Some writers object to a structure for stories. That is fine as long as you realize that no structure is a structure still. You just write and hope to pull the reader along. Readers, speaking for myself and one or two others, like to know where you’re taking them.
Structure is what holds your story together. It’s like an itinerary. If you don’t have one, you’ll end up somewhere and you’ll have to happy with where you end up when you’ve run out of words. Readers may decide, at any time, to let you go on ahead without them. That’s what’s so democratic about writing. You can’t make readers stay with you on the bus. They can get off, put your book down and even more brutally, dismiss you with a mouse click. A structure will entice the reader to stay with you to the bitter, sweet, surprising or whatever end you have us awaiting.
Finally, leave readers wondering, not what will happen next in your story, but what else you have in store. Leave them hungry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011281303
Publisher:
Kurt Ulmer
Publication date:
04/16/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
116 KB

Meet the Author

I have one grandfather who was a builder. My other grandfather was a stonemason and my father was a traditional blacksmith. Both my grandmothers had cooked for a living, one in a hotel and the other for well-to-do people. A career in construction or perhaps engineering or catering would have been obvious choices.


Instead, I spent 20 years in business and in mid life retrained myself. I chose to work with my hands as my father and grandparents had. I become a renowned woodcraftsman and founded with my wife an art and craft gallery in a Tasmanian tourist town. After 20 years there, we followed our children to mainland Australia to retire on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. I took up writing seriously in 2003.


Working with their hands, creating and shaping materials has occupied my forebear. From stone, to iron, to wood. Now I spend my time putting pen to paper. The medium is getting softer.


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