short paragraph story
A STAND-UP WOMAN
by Robin Hynes, Slingerland, New York
In a kitschy bar in Cambridge, he asked to sit at my table, though later he would insist that I made the first move. I was intrigued by his tattoos. He thought I went to Harvard. All we had in common was that we’d both almost stayed home. Friends had dragged us out on a frigid February evening. We still never agree on anything, except that it’s a darn good thing we sucked it up that snowy night. Our wild blue-eyed son always stops us in our tracks, reminding us that fate is just as fragile as our memory.
The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand;
“Just the thing to quench my thirst,” he thought.
To start with, it’s helpful to think about what makes a story a story. Even if your story is extremely short, you want it to feel complete and satisfying.
There are many online literary journals where you can find exciting examples of short short stories — and where you can publish your own! Flash Fiction Online and 100 Word Story are two to check out. Poets & Writers Magazine offers a comprehensive database of literary magazines on their website.
Intelligent people are distracted by disturbing noises. Good dancers have to wear weights so that they do not dance too well. Attractive people wear ugly masks so they do not look better than anyone else. However, one day there is a rebellion and everything changes for a brief instant.
When it comes to learning English, what if I told you that you can understand big ideas with just a little bit of text?
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Synopsis: In this short story, Randy Reynolds shows us that just because you can’t see the result of your hard work doesn’t mean it isn’t worth working towards. A girl plants a flowering vine, waters it, gives it fertilizer, and even talks to it so it will grow, but only a vine grows, no flowers. Sad with the lack of blooms, the girl wants to cut it down, but as she starts, she hears something from the neighbor next door. When she goes next door she sees the most beautiful flowers coming from her vine, so all of her hard work had paid off even though she hadn’t noticed.
So what is a short story? Short stories can be anything from 500 to 6000 words. Anything under 500 words tends to be labelled ‘flash fiction’ or ‘micro fiction’ (although some would argue it’s still a short story) and anything over 6000 is moving into novelette or novella territory. I would argue that a short story is something that can be read comfortably in one sitting and doesn’t leave you starving or bloated. Popular magazines tend to accept work of between 1000 – 2000 words, more literary ones go for longer. Children’s short stories tend to be under a thousand words. If you would like to write for younger readers, check out some of my articles on writing for children.
I hope this has given you some insight on how to write a short story. Happy writing!
I only celebrated my birthday one time because my family don’t have time but I prefer that. I prefer be with my mother than a party. She is special for me.
I have grandpa and grand ma. Grandpa was dead years ago.
He’s a little short but he’s handsome, very kind and funny.
My grandfather’s birthday comes after a few days.
So i really miss my grandpa. My grandma does too.
“no, im sorry, youre a sexist” said the girl child to the world.
You’re in love; it’s great, you swipe on your phone and order: the next day a Taylor Swift clone shows up at your house. It’s not awkward, it’s everything you want. She knows all her songs, and she sings them just for you. When you put your Taylor Swift to bed (early, you got a big day tomorrow) you peek over the fence into the Rosenblatt’s yard, and the lights are blazing. Your best friend Tina has three Taylor Swifts swimming in her pool. She has a miniature Taylor Swift she keeps on a perch, a Taylor Swift with wings. You’re so jealous. She’s not even paying attention to them, she’s too busy having sex with her other Taylor Swifts, they’re so fucking loud it’s disgusting. You hate Taylor Swift…
In this series, adapted from “The Art of the Paragraph” by Fred D. White in the January 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, we cover paragraph writing by exploring different lengths and kinds of paragraphs—and when to use each one. [Subscribe to Writer’s Digest today.]
Write two descriptive paragraphs set in a small town. In the first paragraph, describe the town in vivid sensory detail; in the second, build on that description to add an activity, such as a Founders Day celebration.
In writing terms, ‘setting’ is often used to mean a geographical location, however it’s so much more than that. Setting encompasses the rules and norms of your world. Two stories might be set in the same country at different times, or with characters in different social classes, and be incredibly different reads. Things like the presence of advanced technology or magic also have a huge impact on the reader’s experience of the setting – J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is set in 1990s England, and yet this description alone would be very misleading to a prospective reader.
- Establish voice
- Imply setting
- Create intrigue