Developing a story

The Cockburn’s Eclectics blog started with a series of articles on the development of a short story, which some people say they’ve found useful. The posts are indexed below, in the order I intended them to be read:

On Short Story Development

The Story Tripod: Ideas to Framework

The Cliché Detector

Building a Chronology

Character Mapping

Integrate the characters with the chronology


The Protagonist and the Viewpoint

Outline: the story skeleton

Which person?

The First Draft


The first 100 words

The first sentence

Seeking Critique

Using Critiques

Submissions: The Strategy

Submissions: The mechanics

Acceptance and publication

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