THE ‘SHORT STORY SATURDAYS’ SLOT IS NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS BUT…
and / or you can also now get your stories critiqued by other writers / readers
on Morgen’s Short Story Writing Group!
I created Short Story Saturdays because I’m often asked to do book reviews. I can’t, unfortunately, because I just don’t have the time but I love short stories (reading and writing) so this is, for me anyway, the perfect solution. From 11th February 2012 until 5th January 2013 I posted reviews or stories in their entirety and these are listed below…
For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, there’s also this blog’s Feedback page.
- 001: My review of A Coffin and Bubble Gum written by Mesis September – 11th February 2012
- 002: My review of Dreaming, Not Sleeping written by supernatural mystery, horror, scriptwriter and interviewee Julia Kavan – 18th February
- 003: My review of A Fine Day by multi-genre writer and interviewee Jim Sellers – 25th February
- 004: My review of Clouded Vision by crime novelist Linwood Barclay – 3rd March
- 005: My review of Mercy? by short story and article writer Sean Durity – 10th March
- 006: My review of The Best One Yet by Kelley Hunter – 17th March
- 007: My review of Claws by crime writer, interviewee (and H.E. Bates Short Story Competition 2012 judge!) Stephen Booth – 24th March
- 008: My review of A Good Hanging from crime writer Ian Rankin‘s A Good Hanging & Other Stories – 7th April
- 009: My review of The Awakening of George Mahooney by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones – 14th April
- 010: My review some of the ‘Sexy Shorts‘ short story charity anthologies – 28th April
- 011: My review of Sister Golden Hair Surprise and the Cruiser by romance, paranormal erotica and young adult author Linda Palmer – 5th May
- 012: My review of Heart Over Head Over Heels by James Eddy – 25th August
- 013: My review of The Little Man Who Was Almost There by Thomas Locicero (available within his Under the Tree anthology eBook) – 6th October
- 014: My review of Torn (available within The Kaynos History Tales) by thriller and fantasy writer Tracey Alley – 13th October
- 015: My review of The Outside World (available within The City Heroes & Other Stories from the Heart of Africa) by children’s author Omoruyi Uwuigiaren – 3rd November
- no reviews on 10th or 17th November as I was first-round judging on the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition.
- 016: My review of Bewilder by James Eddy – 1st December
- 017: My review of Fireflies by Sullivan Leigh – 8th December
- 018: My review of Samantha and the Cockerel from the collection of short stories ‘Canterbury Tales on a Cockrow Morning’ by memoirist, poet, short story author and interviewee Maggie Harris – 15th December
- 019: My review of Near Death Experience by thriller and fantasy writer Tracey Alley – 29th December
- 001: A Walk to Destiny by Jane Risdon – 24th November 2012
- 002: The Gift by children’s author J.D. Means – 22nd December
- 003: Short story: The Bus Driver Who Stopped and Then Didn’t by Dan Purdue – 5th January 2013
- Location – remember to fix your short story firmly in a place.
- Time – what’s the time span of your short story?
- Title – even a short story must have a brilliant title.
- Every word must count – less is more on the adjective front.
- Sometimes simplicity rules in a short story – don’t be over wordy.
- The first sentence must capture the reader’s attention.
- Don’t have too many scenes – it can’t be a series of tiny photos, let the scenes breath.
- Think about themes/tones/concepts – these must colour your story.
- Be careful with dialogue – don’t put words in your characters’ mouths to pad out the story.
- Finally, read and reread your story – be ruthless with your editing.
… the same can be said for longer pieces of course.
You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore and Kobo. My eBooks are now on Amazon, with more to follow, and I also have a quirky second-person viewpoint story in charity anthology Telling Tales.
I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.
- Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group (http://novelwritinggroup.wordpress.com / http://www.facebook.com/groups/508696639153189)
- Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group (http://poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com / http://www.facebook.com/groups/388850977875934)
- Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group (http://scriptwritinggroup.wordpress.com / http://www.facebook.com/groups/319941328108017)
- Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group (http://shortstorywritinggroup.wordpress.com / http://www.facebook.com/groups/544072635605445)
So, plenty of opportunities.