Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

8.1 Sharing your story

You should be coming to the end of the editing of your short story. It may not be exactly as you want it to be, but you still have some time to continue to work on it.

Activity 8.1: Submitting your story for review

Bring your story to a point where you are relatively happy with it, then submit it for review among the readers or writers you know. Do not exceed the 1000 words limit. Length limits are important and can help instil discipline in your writing and in many circumstances they are there for a reason (as with story competitions).

Assignment guidelines

Ask your reviewers to give you feedback on the following aspects of your assignment – make sure to consider these when writing:

  1. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the character portrayals?
  2. Were there any very clear, or any confusing, elements of the story (relating to the approaches taught on Start writing fiction)?
  3. Did the story have a plot, causality and conflict? How did it engage you?

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