short stories

5 Reasons Novelists Should Write Short Stories

The ability to write a short story, and write it well, is invaluable to any author. Novelists in particular can benefit from regularly immersing themselves in short fiction. Writing short stories… Develops creative and critical skills. Builds portfolios. Provides the opportunity to expand experiences with submissions, editors and professional expectations. Furthers your understanding of genres and potential …

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Author Focus -Short Story of the Month

Short Story Author of the Month, Cassie Hamer, on Writing Inspiration and Advice

Every month, Writer’s Edit selects one work to feature as our Short Story of the Month. This year we’re going behind the scenes of the writing to discuss inspirations and influences with the authors themselves. We talked with Kindling III author, Cassie Hamer, about her story ‘Tim’s War‘ which explores adolescence and friendship during the …

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Author Focus -Short Story of the Month

Short Story Author of the Month, Linda Godfrey, on Realistic Characters and Writing Advice

Every month, Writer’s Edit selects one work to feature as our Short Story of the Month. This year we’re going behind the scenes of the writing to discuss inspirations and influences with the authors themselves. We talked with south coast writer, editor, and event organiser, Linda Godfrey, about her enchanting outback bildungsroman story ‘Aunt Merle‘. …

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Short Story Author of Month

Short Story Author of the Month Anne Vince on Australian History, Racism, and Writing Advice

Every month, Writer’s Edit selects one work to feature as our Short Story of the Month. This year we’re going behind the scenes of the writing to discuss inspirations and influences with the authors themselves. Anne Vince, a writer and teacher living in rural Australia, spoke to us about her prose piece, ‘On Reading “Nigger’s …

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7 Clever Steps To Hook Your Reader

7 Clever Steps To Hook Your Reader Into Your Narrative

First impressions are crucial to any reader’s decision. First impressions decide whether or not your readers want to be pulled into the world of your narrative. This makes the exposition of any novel or short story particularly important. If your narrative borders on bland, clichéd and uninteresting, readers will soon lose interest. Indeed, it’s upon reading the initial page or …

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Literary Devices: Setting

On its most basic level, the setting of your story is simply the location at which your story takes place, like a set to a stage show. This includes the location, the immediate surroundings, the weather and the time. But quite often, the setting is much more than just the ‘where and when’ of your …

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How to Write an Amazing Short Story

The third and final instalment of our Short Story Week. We delve into what makes a great short story, and how you can write one yourself…