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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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The Elements of Short Story

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The Elements of short story:

They are the things that the short story is based upon  , and  its important for every story writer to make sure that he had got these things done right, in order to have a good coherent. There are five Elements:

1.The Setting

The setting of a story is the time and place , in another words its when and where does the short story happens , also the setting of a story might include the weather conditions , social conditions , mood and atmosphere , and these are the things that makes the story come to life, and here is more information about the setting of short story.

2. Character

The characters are a main part of the story, and they should be given good amount of attention, often the story revolves and develop around the characters , you should choose a good way to revel your character to your reader  , to describe it and choose the most fitting description you want to give that character which perfectly describe the personality, feelings, actions , thoughts, and life of that character. Take a look here at the techniques used to reveal and describe a person character in short story.

3. Theme

The theme in fiction writing is the writer main idea or thoughts and insights at he is trying to convey through his writing and usually the theme of a short story is to be known after finishing the story as the reader was able to come across all the ideas and thoughts of the story. Here are some simple examples of common themes: Things are not always as they appear to be , People are afraid of change ,Love is blind , etc.

4. Plot

Generally the plot is the sequence of events in a story or play. The plot is a planned, logical series of  events having a beginning, middle, and end. There are five important parts of the plot:

Introduction:The beginning of the story where the writer introduce his characters and reveals the setting of the story .

Rising Action: This is where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story starts to rise it includes the events between the introduction and the climax.

Climax: This is the highest point of conflict and the turning point of the story. The reader wonders what will happen next; will the conflict be resolved or not?

Falling action: The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or not, it includes the events between the climax and resolution.

Resolution: This is the final outcome or untangling of events in the story.

5.CONFLICT

Conflict is a very important thing  to the plot. Without conflict there is no plot. It is the thing which ties one incident to another and makes the plot move. Conflict is not merely limited to open arguments, rather it is any form of opposition that faces the main character. Within a short story there may be only one central struggle, or there may be one dominant struggle with many minor ones.

And at last but not least here is a video to summon up the talk on the Elements of Short Story

 

 
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Short Story: Fighting for our lives

We were staying in our tents, hunger was killing us , our food supplies has finished , and we did not touch a piece of bread for the last three days. We were waiting for the messenger to come back from the back line and the main camp , he was sent to tell the officer at the main camp that our supplies has finished and we need supplies and enforcement troops to back us up.

Time went by slowly , it was our only chance to survive , I thought to myself.

After spending three months on the front line, we were supposed to go back to the back lines and to leave the frontline after the enforcement troops arrive, but our supplies finished two weeks earlier from the supposed date, getting extra supplies from the back line will make sure we will stay alive for the rest of the month and make sure we will be well fed to have the necessary energy to continue fighting and defending our trenches.

US soldier in the Phillipines during World War II

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“If they really want us to defend these trenches , with our lives they should give us some food ” one of my friends was saying.

Then I remembered my wife, I only got to enjoy one year of marriage with her before the war began , and I had to join the army and leave her.

“Will I get the chance to see her again”

” If we continue staying this way, we will die of hunger and I will not even leave this trench” I was saying to myself.

Then I heard some noise, and loud shouts , the messenger came everyone ran towards him , he was supposed to come with the extra supplies that we asked for… but he was empty handed.

“What happened??? where are the supplies?? Are they going to send it later?? Did they promise you they will give us enough supplies??” All the soldiers wanted to know what happened and why did he came back empty-handed.

However the messenger, did not answer any of these questions, he just rushed to the officer tent.

All the soldiers were standing outside the tent , waiting to see the outcome of what is going to happen , and will their life be saved and will they be able to get enough supplies to keep them alive?

After ten minutes which passed slowly like ten years , the officer came out of the tent , he looked at us , our faces dirty with mud, our clothes plain and old, he looked at us with a sad face.

“There will be no extra supplies for now, we will have to wait till the enforcement troops come and only then we will get what we want” with that he turned backwards and entered his tent.

” Are they Crazy???

They want us to die of hunger, how can we fight when we don’t have anything to eat??” said one of the angry soldiers.

I left them arguing and went inside the trench it was my shift time now,  ” I will never get the chance to see my family and wife again” I thought…

“When they come, we should surrender!!” said the man standing next to me

He was looking at me as expecting me o answer him back

” Even if we surrender, they will still kill us , they are merciless ”

“If we keep on fighting we might have the chance to win the battle, and survive” said I

” Win?? Win?? hahahaha ( he broke into loud laughter)

How on Earth can we win , when we are starving , they dont even send us extra food, do you think they will send us enforcement troops if we are under attack???? They will just leave us here to die” said the man.

For a second I thought about what he was saying , He was right!!

If they don’t even send us food to eat , Will they send us some back up if we are under attack??

At that time, I wished I could be near my wife reading my newspaper and enjoying my time.

But that will never happen… Time went by fast and soon I found my self half a sleep laying on the ground, and it was night-time…. my stomach was giving me so much pain that I wanted to shout with the top of my voice , but even if I shout or scream , I will still be hungry and there will be no food to eat.

I started hearing noises , the noise grew louder and louder each second , ” What is that sound?? the sound was familiar to me, but I could not recognize it”

Until I heard the screams ” They are coming!!! They are coming!!!” and then I remembered what the sound was , it was the sound of Tanks.

“Oh my God, They have brought tanks with them,

how are we going to STOP them??”

Fear struck my soul,  I don’t remember being afraid as much as this time before, we can fight and stop their soldiers from advancing , but how are we going to stop their tanks???

The strongest weapon that we have got were our machine guns, but there is no way we can stop those heavy guns with just machine guns.

“Lets Go , Lets surrender”

“This is our only chance to live, There is no way we can stop them ”

said the man beside me, he was shivering with fear , I continued firing my machine gun , as I saw him waking out of the trench , ” Get back, they will shoot you” I screamed at him

but no use he just continued walking, he held up his arms high trying to show them that he is giving up and surrendering , that is when bullets down on him , they shot  him with a dozen of bullets,

at that time , I stood there shaking , I couldn’t move , just stood there watching him as he fell to the ground, by this time there tanks were advancing really fast , and I turned my head and looked to the trench which was next, only to me to see the other two soldiers which were in the trench laying down on the ground dead.

“Oh my god” this was all I could say

At this moment , I heard a loud noise , it was the noise made by the flying fighters(airplanes) ,

“Is this real???”

It only took ten minutes for the plane fighters to destroy some of their tanks, however most of their tanks retreated quickly as they did not want their tanks to be destroyed , we were saved , their attack was halted, but many of my friends and comrades lost their life.

However , I was lucky to stay alive as the next day was the happiest day of my life , as the enforcement troops arrived and I was given a holiday for a week, and was allowed to go back to visit my wife and family, but no matter what happens I will never forget that day, The Day on which We were Fighting for our lives.

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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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Short Story Checklist from Blossom Dreams

I have read the blog of Blossom Dreams recently and I have come across some good tips for writing short story, these tips are worth reading and checking so I have decided to reblog her checklist Short Story Checklist its a good one so check it out 🙂

 
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How to Write a Short Story ?Video

This is a vide that I found on YouTube , it’s a quick video but it tells you the basic things about writing a short story.

 
 

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John Maxwell Series

I m planing to write a series of shirt stories about my character John Maxwell , it will include adventure of the young boy’s life and how he get throuh the hardship of living in a poor family

 
 

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