Thursday, January 15, 2009

Micro Fiction Essentials

“If the novel writer is the carpenter who structures a whole house, and a short story writer is the decorator of its rooms, then the micro fiction writer is the mailman who looks into the box before dropping in the household’s letters. Readers discover something brief and intimate in a very short space.” -- Camille Renshaw in The Essentials of Micro-Fiction
In this article, the author provides a list of seven essentials to writing short fiction. She reiterates my comment from yesterday that short-shorts show the reader a brief instance into a character’s life. She discusses the importance of revision, selecting words carefully, using vivid imagery and more. The article provides advise that any author, whether writing a novel or an article for The New York Times, will find useful. I’m going to shut up now so you have time to click the above link and read what Ms. Renshaw has to offer.

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