How to Structure a Short Story
(Photo – Ernest Hemingway hard at work)
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.