Writing your short story: Six key elements

Wall, Carolyn D.
October 1997
Writer (Kalmbach Publishing Co.);Oct97, Vol. 110 Issue 10, p25
Provides tip on writing a short story. Creation of the character; Making of characters larger than life by choosing the strongest word; Setting; Conflict; Complication; Goal for the main character.


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