” John cracked his knuckles while he looked at the floor.
“To the racetrack.” Mary edged toward the door, keeping her eyes on John’s bent head. “We are already maxed out on our credit cards.” “Where are you going? “To the racetrack,” Mary said, trying to figure out whether John was too upset to let her get away with it this time.
To create a perfect loaf, you must balance ingredients baked for the correct amount of time and enhanced with the right polishing glaze.”Your job, as a writer of short fiction–whatever your beliefs–is to put complex personalities on stage and let them strut and fret their brief hour.
Perhaps the sound and fury they make will signify something that has more than passing value–that will, in Chekhov’s words, “make [man] see what he is like.” –In order to develop a living, breathing, multi-faceted character, it is important to know way more about the character than you will ever use in the story. She is a fair-skinned Norwegian with blue eyes, long, curly red hair, and is 5 feet 6 inches tall.
When you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with your piece, the writing itself will come more easily. Hay is an author, script editor and blogger who helps other writers through writing workshops, courses, and her blog Bang2Write.
Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts.
She is the author of 'Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays' for Kamera Books' Creative Essentials range and its follow ups on 'Drama Screenplays' and 'Diverse Characters'.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
If you don't already have an idea in mind, you will need to do a little brainstorming to come up with something that interests you.
Once you have a general idea of what you want to write about, the best way to get started is to break your project into smaller, more manageable parts.