Kaye George is posting on her blog, Travels with Kaye, today about story structure–so much information in so few words, it’s worth any writer’s (or, for that matter, anyone interested in literature’s) time.
I’ll quote the first paragraphs here, and then you can click on the link to take you to Travels with Kaye for the whole picture.
“We’re having out-of-town guests, old college friends, this week, so I’m posting one of the most viewed past blogs. This one is from 8/4/2010, but short story structure hasn’t changed since then that I know of. (If you think it has, please leave a comment, by all means.) I think this is something for readers as well as writers. I hope you enjoy it!
“Members of the Short Mystery Fiction list started a discussion recently about the structure of the short story. So much has been said and written about the structure of a novel, even whole books devoted to mystery, thriller, and suspense structure, but I hadn’t ever paused to consider the structure of the short story before that.
“But I’m sure all short story writers should!
“The first posting gave the opinion that short stories have two forms: vignette and mini-novel. The vignette, Graham Powell contended,…”