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I am looking for short stories whose theme is perception vs reality or appearance vs reality.  Any suggestions?  I am...

Edward Hoch's (very) short story "Zoo" is a great piece for perception vs. reality. In it, a traveling circus goes from planet to planet, collecting admissions from the citizens of each area....

Latest answer posted December 29, 2011 4:38 am UTC

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short story writers

How do you write a scary story?

The most important thing to remember about writing a scary story is that it needs to have suspense and a spooky mood. Suspense is the term we use for interesting things that happen in a story that...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 6:02 am UTC

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My questions is, What would be a great twist for the ending of my short story, one that will shock everyone in the...

I am always shocked when the main characters are all killed. I have even read horror/suspense stories where the narrator, himself, is killed in the end. If you choose an ending like the ones I've...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010 1:26 am UTC

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What two short stories would be a good idea to write an 8 pg compare/contrast essay on and why? What two short...

I hope this question gets moved to the discussion forum as I'm sure there are several great and more specific ideas that could come from other editors, teachers, and students. In the absence of...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011 3:54 pm UTC

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What is the best approach for developing a story idea?  I am capable of some good writing on the microlevel, that is,...

Th best approach for developing an idea is definitely to state which is the main idea of the story, and web out at least 5 instances in the story which will back up this theme. This could be 5...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010 7:03 am UTC

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