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How to Structure a Short Story

June 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Fiction

hemingway (Photo – Ernest Hemingway hard at work)

So far on my blog I’ve posted two short stories, DARK CHILD and THE SOUNDS WE MAKE, along with the first three chapters from a book I also wrote called THE VIRGIN KING.

Right now I’m working on a humongous novel that’s bigger than big. It stretches from colonial times to way into the future. The best thing about this book is that it’s set in NYC. If you’ve read some of the entries here, you know how much I love to write about NY.

I’ll tell you more about that novel and will post some chapters another time. Right now I want to share a little tidbit about writing a short story.

If you ever want to write a story, a simple way to envision how to structure it is to:

1.     Put a person in a difficult situation.

2.     Make it worse.

3.     Resolve it.

I’ve also heard people say, put a woman up in a tree, throw stones at her, then get her down.

Right now I’ll channel ol’ Ernest Hemingway and see if he has any ideas. Wait . . . wait . . . Ernest is speaking to me.

1.     Put a man named Nick in a jungle with a gun.

2.     Give Nick a bottle of whiskey, some super deep thoughts, and a huge mofo animal to kill.

3.     Make each sentence sing and leave them wanting more.

There are different ways to do it, but I hope this helps.

Your friend,


Here are my STORIES and info on my Novels


3 Responses to “How to Structure a Short Story”
  1. LeraJenkins says:

    Loved this advice!

  2. LoveIsAlienToYou says:

    Publish! LMAO!


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  1. Daks Dee says:

    How nice to see your posts. I like your blog, Baldie.

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