WRITING TIPS: THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CRAFTING A SHORT STORY

WRITING TIPS: THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CRAFTING A SHORT STORY

The Montana Mouthful Staff can’t wait to read your story. But before you click submit, the following three questions may help you evaluate your work.

Where is your story?

With 2,000 words or less, we only have time for one primary setting. Are there rich flavors, strong smells, harsh weather conditions, or vivid sights that can help us experience the delight or heartbreak you wish to convey?

What is your story about?

Keep your plot focused. Don’t interrupt it with too many digressions. Decide if your conflict is mostly internal or external. Make it high stakes, so the tension compels us to read on. Think of a tragedy or a stroke of luck, and magnify it by 100.

Who is your story about?

We need to know your main character. Show us his personality, his affable or glum disposition. Reveal his thoughts and provide meaningful dialogue. If you can make us fall in love with him, we’ll long to see him overcome the odds.

Are there other questions you think are important to ask when writing short? If so, share with us in the comments section. We want to hear from you!