Last week, I took a break from Do7, OotS, and all the other stories that exist in pieces to finish a short story that was buried in my files. One simple question about formatting caught me up, sent me out on the world wide web for research, and inspired me to write an entire post. [Update: The information is available on new pages under Resources.]
Maybe you’re with me in trying to figure out how to format short stories. Please let me know if any part of
this post was the new pages helps you.
Folktales (or, fairy tales) are a convenient source of inspiration. Adaptations of the Grimm Brothers’ tales are especially good at inspiring new stories. Whenever I read one to my daughter, I think of ways to absorb familiar elements into retellings.
Most of the time, I jot down my ideas in a few lines for for later. One of these stories poured out into an eight-page outline that could result in a 30,000- to 45,000-word story. This novel (or novella) will feature iconic characters from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and the friendlier “Snow-White and Rose-Red” within a fantasy world based loosely on Germany in the Twelfth Century.
Here’s a logline I’m playing with.
A magical family of dwarves save a princess and overthrow her evil parents to reclaim their rights among humans.
You can read about the main characters and watch for updates on the Dwarves of Seven (the working title) page.
My short series of 15 Every 15 story bites allowed me to share my work after the latest quiet spell.
Did you see the posts? Here are all seven story graphics from the series!
Thank you for reading. Writing without an audience is like swimming without water. You make the motions more meaningful.
My daughter is a storyteller. She collects words as readily as rocks and plant seeds. While bits of nature fill her pockets, her mind fills with tools for her stories.
As soon as she knew how to speak a sentence, she recounted her observations in rambling detail and her dreams in disturbing clarity. She not only tells the story, she performs it. Her hands wave in the air and her voice changes to set the mood.
This is the micro version of her favorite story to tell when she was four years old. She insisted it was “the good story”. I would try every time to rewrite the story into a happier version, yet she held on to the key points that gave her versions a darker tone.
Her versions are better, anyway.
This is the last part of my 15 Every 15 series. Keep an eye out for the graphic cards all together in an upcoming post, and please feel free to comment on your favorite part of the series. Thank you for reading!
we might appear
to any sentient life that
misread our tendencies.
This is a part of my 15 Every 15 series. Check back August 31 for the next edition.