So That’s How you Pick a Story Apart!


For several years now, I have been looking at short stories and pulling them apart, to find out what essential ingredients each story has which made it publishable.  I looked at plot, theme, tense, word count and paragraph + sentence breakdown, the number of characters, the element of conflict and so on and collected my information which, I must admit, didn’t seem to help me much.  I thought that other (now published) writers must have been able to pull stories apart much better than I could. 

Well, having now read the article ‘Pick a Story Apart’ by Vivien Hampshire in the current September 13 issue of Writing Magazine, I now realise that what I was doing was completely (or, just to feel a bit better, let me say ninety per cent) weak of the term ‘pulling a story apart.

In her article, Vivien lists many questions which can be addressed, to find out the information you need regarding plot, characters etc.   I am so impressed by the article content that I’ve typed up all of her questions to use as an aide memoir for future attempts and finding out what magazine editors are looking for.

If you haven’t got a copy of the current Writing Magazine, either go and buy one or find someone who has!



Published in: on 14/08/2013 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

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