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A kid discovers swearing

It was the first time he hear a swearing , the man shouted angrily at the little boy mother with the word with four letters F U C K …and then it was followed by You , John knew the word that the man just shouted at his mother had a bad meaning but he did not know what it was , he looked at his mother she was holding her face in her two hands , while tears came down running her cheeks , he quickly ran to his mother tucked on her skirt , he did not know what to do . He just did not feel right , seeing his mother in that situation , he did not know what he should do … tears started forming in his eyes , while he was looking at here .. calling her Mom .. Mom …

 

That scene was printed in John’s mind , the details second by second they were deeply dug into his memories , he just could not erase them , it was the day in which his life turned into a narrow angle…

 

Sitting on the stool at the bar enjoying his vodka shots, sipping the drink slowly , while feeling the burning in his mouth , he came back to this world , after being lost in his childhood world for an instant, the first thing he noticed was the blonde bar waitress staring at him, whom she flashed a smile , and asked : “is everything all right?

 

Yes , its just a bad day, replied John. He looked at his watch it says 11:35 am , and he looked back at the waitress who were still standning there , he was not in the mood for a conversation now… that when he remembered, he had something to be done at 12pm sharp … killing the man who said the four letter word to his mother , the word which changed his life and started his misery ….

 

It has been 10 years since that time , John was 8 when the incident happened. His mother passed a few days back from sickness and hunger ,  John had took an oath upon himself that he must avenge his mother and the only thing which could bring satisfaction to his mind right now was killing the man who ended his mother’s life or as he thought it happened that way ….

 

John went outside of the bar, crossed the streets , walking from corner to corner he kept of track of time , hoping to arrive on his destination at time , he was following the man since two days , he had him tracked , all the shops, the places he visited , his journey from his house to his office , the bus he took , the train he would always hurry to catch , it was all pinned down …John mind was only focused on one thing , killing that man ….

 

He felt it was his duty to repay his mother , and repaying her he thought would be b killing the man who changed their life, the man who came to their house and told them to pack their things and leave now because they did not pay the mortgage fees for over 3 months , and the bank would not tolerate any more excuses , and after a few hours of arguing and explaining to John’s mom that he was only doing his job , and she should leave otherwise he would call the police and have John’s mother arrested and John will be sent to one of the social care centers…after putting it all to thought John’s mother could not find a way to avoid all this but to leave and keep her son by her side…

 

After being left by her husband who was spending a life sentence in prison for murder , a crime which he was too foolish to commit, he murdered his best friend while he was drunk after they had an argument over who should win the world cup …..

 

Time was passing very fast, second after second , everything was going smoothly as John planned.. he was waiting at one of the street corners , waiting for the man to come out of the bank and arrive at the bus stop to wait for the bus like he does everyday …. John spotted him , he was wearing a grey suit , walking slowly to the bus stop as usual , taking his time to think about the events that were going to happen for the rest of the day , Mr, David Will was on his way home, and some how he felt a bit relieved today since he tomorrow was a holiday and he was planing on going to trip with his wife relatives , its going to be a long day , he was thinking while smiling to himself….

 

That smile on Mr.David’s mouth , made John light up with anger he could not hold himself anymore, he was on the other corner of the road waiting the right moment to come , he planned it carefully , it was going to be quick and easy just like a snap , he was wearing a hoodie which made sure that his face was well covered , and before this day comes , John checked all the buildings around this area, there were no cctv cameras , just a couple of old stores whom their shop keepers did not see a need for having a camera after all there was nothing to steal anyway , just some old shops which rarely had any customers as the near by malls were much more attractive to the young generations who preferred buying all the fancy brands..

 

Mr.David came to the bus stop it was 11:58 he looked more relieved , only two minis till the bus arrive, and for his convince there was no one at the bus stop , so he could make himself comfortable , he did not like being with strangers , he preferred  to be alone …

 

John took out the knife, it was a sharp knife , he bought it a few days back from the hunting store near by , he expected it to be satisfying … he was crossing the road trying not to bring any attention towards him , he was heading to the bus stop, avoid contact with the old man as he was walking,,,, when suddenly he stopped ….

 

John was struck there standing in the middle of the road ,he could not move , he wanted to walk to move his leg , but his body betrayed him , he felt as if there was a force holding him down, his eyes were wide open , starring at the horrifying sight just before his eyes , he just could not what was happening in front of him , his mouth was wide open ..

 

On the other side of the road, Mr.David was laying on the ground struck by heart stroke , his legs were kicking in the open air , his body was shaking violently , his hand was pressed tightly on his chest where his heart was , he just could not take the pain , he  remembered what the doctor told him that his diabetes was in a critical stage and he should cut down on sugar , but old David a always he disliked doctors and their long talks, and he thought a sweet doughnut could not do much harm after all ,his wife forbade from eating sweets at home ,and after all it was a good occasion to celebrate with a doughnut ……..

 

That doughnut killed him , but at the same time saved young John from committing the mistake of his life , his mother after spending years with him homeless on the road without much food or shelter  , surely did not want him to spend the rest of his years like his father in prison, probably she was watching over him…

 

 

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how to break down a short story into scenes

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Writing short stories sometimes require you to break your story into parts , each part have a different theme, a different setting , a different kind of description , and these parts are called scences , here is an example of some of the common scenes as Elise Stephens say in her post

Common scenes: An opening scene, a conclusion scene, a flashback scene, a fight scene, a restitution scene.

Scenes make up the parts on which the story is built and developed , if you wan to know more about scenes and how can you come up with some scenes for your next short story , then i think you should see this post:

Writing Scene-by-Scene by Elise Stephens

 
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How to describe a setting using Personiofication???

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The setting of a short story is very important part, getting the setting right , and making it good means you will have a good story. There are many things and techniques used to describe and create the setting, one of these things which are used to create the setting is using Personifications.

So What is a Personification?

Personification is when something described as if it is alive when it is not.

For example:

The leaves danced in the gentle breeze

The verb “danced” is not usually used for leaves and makes them sound human. They don’t decide to dance, but the breeze makes them look as though they are dancing.

 

So now we know what is a Personification , but how can we use it in creating the setting of a short story????

To answer this question let’s read the extract below ,it’s from the opening of the novel Bleak House, by Charles Dickens .

Fog everywhere, Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tires of shipping , and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes; fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards , and hovering in the rigging of great ships , fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the toes wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little ‘prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog al around them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds.

We can see from the above the different use of personifications in creating the atmosphere and the setting of short story.

Some of the personifications from the opening:

  • where it rolls defiled among the tires of shipping
  • fog lying out on the yards
  • hovering in the rigging of great ships
  • fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers

and still there are more personifications in the above opening, the above opening is a good example of showing how can we use personifications to describe and create the setting of the story and come up with a great setting just like what Charles Dickens did.

You might ask why some of the sentences are short like ” Fog everywhere ” , that is not a really sentence because it does not have a verb. However, it is dramatic and it instantly sets the scene, and that is why Dickens used it.

Personifications can be used to describe the setting of short stories and they make the story interesting, creative and unique.

Every sentence in the extract, apart from the last one, follows the same structure. They start with ‘Fog’ and then describe where the fog is. Have a go at writing a similar paragraph following the same structure, like this:

Rain everywhere. Rain….

You can use this as an exercise to practice using personifications.

 
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Interesting Bloggers and Blogs

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I m planning to start a new category for my blog and that is interesting bloggers, in this category I will post about other bloggers and what is interesting about their blogs. The reason why I m doing this is to find some interesting blogs and give them more exposure and there are a lot of nice  and interesting blogs out there , but they just don’t get the chance to be noticed by people.

Each week I will focus on a new interesting blog, the blogs that I will write about will be about fiction  writers blog , people who post some interesting short stories, poems , creative writings, and other fiction blogs, this will be at the beginning and then I will move on to write about more interesting blogs not only blogs about fiction but some other blogs, that people should know about , and blogs that are worth reading.

How I m going to choose the blog that I m going to write about?

Well, I will use different methods and I will look through the various and different blogs untill I come across a blog that is different from the others , or a blog that has some outstanding content and interesting posts.

The things that I will talk about:

  • Review I will review that blog , and include all the things that make the blog interesting.
  • Best Posts : I will write about the best posts of that blog and its interesting content.
  • Why is it worth reading? I will tell you why that blog is worth reading , and visiting.

OK at last if you have interesting blog that you want to share and want me to visit or talk about , or if you think your blog is interesting   and you want me to talk about your blog or make reviews about it, comment on this post , and say why is it interesting, I will see if I can post something about it.

 

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25 Guides on How to Write a Short Story!!!

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Here are some great articles on how to write a short story , and they include different tips and if you want your story to be great then you should make sure that is desirable and interesting from every angle , each article have different tips and information so make sure , you check them out.

  1. How to Write a Short Story – wiki how .
  2.  How to Write a Short Story –  a guide on how to write a short story by ehow.
  3. How to Write a Short Story that Works – this is a free ebook on how to write a short story by Michael Allen , its featured on scribd.com , you can read it there for free.
  4. How to Write a Short Story – these are some Short Story Rules by About.com
  5. How to write a short story –  here is a guide on how to write a short story by Janet Blaylock form Helium
  6. How to write a short story – this is a blog dedicated to short story writing it will teach you from the beginning the art of writing short story
  7. How to Write a short story – this is a great article on ezine articles  .
  8. How to Write A Short Story By Paul Saevig – this is a great article by Pual on writing short stories.
  9. How To Write Short Stories –  this is a post by Emma Newman, author of short story anthology, From Dark Places. its a great post and you should read it.
  10. Seven Step Plan for Short Story Writing – Here is a seven step plan for you to write your short story, the steps are simple and easy to follow.
  11. How to write a short story – by throwing away a short story – Here is a post by Paolo Bacigalupi about a creative way of writing short stories.
  12. Five Step Fiction Writing Formula for a Short Story – this is a 5 step formula for writing a short story.
  13. How To Write Short Stories For Magazines – this is a helpful guide if you want to start writing short stories for magazines.
  14. Lessons on Writing Short Stories – here are 15 lessons to teach you the art of short story
  15. How to Start Writing a Ghost Story – a guide on how to write a ghost story

  16. How to Write a Short Story Quickly – see how can you write a short story in a short time.

  17. How to write and develop the climax in a short story – learn how can you develop a climax in a short story.
  18. How to Write a Short Story – a guide by Rachelle Arlin Credo on writing short stories.
  19. How To Write a Short Story Video tutorial
  20. Awesome Tips on How to Write a Romance Story – some great tips on writing a romance story.
  21. How to Write a Good Story – factors and tips on writing a good short story.
  22. How to write a story – here is a detailed guide filled with information on writing a short story.
  23. How To Write A Children’s Short Story – A comprehensive guide to how to write a child’s story.
  24. How to Tell Any Story in 500 Words – learn how can you write a story of 500 words.
  25. Short Story Editing Guide – and here is a free ebook on how can you edit your short story in a fast, simple, easy way.

And if you have a good link on  how to write a short story please share it below.

 
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Exercises for Fiction Writers

The best way to improve your writing is by doing exercises , there are some free good exercises out there which you can use to improve your writing;

Intro to creative writing: Exercises for Story writers : these are some good exercise that you can use to improve your writings and it has  also some exercises about creating characters.

One Two Fiver :One Two Fiver is a series of stretches for warming up your writing muscles.Start with a single word.Type it like you mean it.Now write two words.Move on to five…Keep typing until you are writing. its an easy way that you can use to when you are trying to come up with an idea for your writing, then you can continue writing about that idea.

Story Grid : A question every first time author has is: Where do I begin? Your idea has been expanding within your mind for months, you know who your characters are, your setting, your plot. Now it’s time to put everything into story form. Problem is, you don’t know where in the world to begin.Here’s where to start…. ( taken from suite101.com)

Writing prompts: Do you need an idea or a writing prompt or two to get you going too? If so visit this Imagination Prompt Generator , it will give you starting ideas to begin your writing.

Writing exercises: Here are some writing exercises which you can use to get some ideas

23 Writing Exercises: Here are 23 different writing exercises , they are very useful and interesting, it includes ideas, prompts, resources , and exercises

Writing Forward: This website is really great it has fiction writing exercises, poetry writing exercises, ideas, prompts, resources, news, writing tipsand grammer writing tips , its simply all you need for your writing

96 Resources: Here are 96 resources for fiction writers these include writing workshops, tools, name generators, courses, agents, publishers, author services, copright informations, and many more.

 
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