Six-Word Story

6-word short stories are interesting. One of the most famous ones is attributed to Ernest Hemingway and goes like this: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. I recently finished a round of short stories for a contest, here's one of the ones that didn't make the final cut, titled "Later": Somehow, I forget her every day.

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Terry Pratchett, Frank Miller and Using Rage to Fuel Good Writing

Here's one of writing's funny paradoxes: experts often say you should write about the things which move you, the things that really get you excited or angry or sad. But writing about what makes you angry can create lopsided stories where you just rant instead of telling the story. Is there a way to write …

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How Different People See Evil in Stories

How do people decide whether violence is acceptable in a story? To make this broader matter, how do they decide whether sex scenes and other possibly disturbing material (I'll call this "difficult material" from now on) are acceptable in a given story? After all, some people have no problem enjoying stories that have difficult material, …

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