In paragraph three, we’ll arrive at this realization: New Year’s Eve.
A group of school children face one tragedy after another in this morbidly funny short-short. A great short story poses questions right out of the starting gate, and Munro poses plenty in this opening line. It appeared that the Traveller had responded to the invitation of the Commandant only out of politeness, when he had been asked to attend the execution of a soldier condemned for disobeying and insulting his superior.
Of course, interest in the execution was not very high even in the penal colony itself.. Nabokov is a stellar example of sustaining narrative drive by breaking the rules and remaking them.
If the people you share it with aren’t very excited about your idea, consider reworking it or even starting over.
If they start getting visibly excited about the story, on the other hand, then you know you’re onto something.
You’ll learn how to create great characters, write authentic dialogue, plot your story, and more.
The first half of these short story ideas are general categories — Humor, Family, Power, Plot Twist — while the second half offers story ideas in specific genres — Fantasy, Horror, Dystopian, Crime, Sci-Fi, Romance.
What happens next is an awkward, endearing conversation between the future lovers. What happens next is one of the most famous encounters with a monstrous criminal in short fiction.
Monsters, whether people who do monstrous things or scaly beasts or a monster of a natural disaster, reveal what’s really inside a person.
Let your character fall into the path of a monster and see how they handle themselves. Want to learn how to execute those ideas better, and get your short stories published?
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