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Three Unusual Techniques To Try In Your Short Stories

May 25th, 2021

Savannah CordovaI’ve helped judge Reedsy’s weekly short story contest for nearly three years now, and it’s honestly been one of the most creatively fruitful experiences of my life. I’m a short fiction writer myself, and reading thousands of stories has helped me realize what actually goes into a good one — rather than what you think is good, but is really just self-indulgent or overdone.

Diana’s post on making sure your competition entries are original provides some excellent guidance on what to avoid in your stories. But today I want to talk about a few elements you might try experimenting with for greater success, along with some past Reedsy winners as examples! Though all these techniques take practice to pull off, once you’ve nailed them, you’re sure to grab a contest judge’s attention.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Block-v-Indented Paragraphs

May 11th, 2021

There are two paragraphing styles that you need to be aware of – block and indented – and many new writers wonder about which they should use.

Block paragraphing has a blank line separating the last line of the previous paragraph and the first line of the new paragraph. Each paragraph is a block of text on the page, with white space all around it. The first line of each paragraph is left-justified which means it is not indented. This blog uses block paragraphs!

Indented paragraphing does not have a blank line between each paragraph. Instead, you start the first line of each paragraph about five or six spaces from the left hand margin of your page.  Read the rest of this entry »

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