In Ten Seconds The Bomb Will Go Off And Destroy The City (Tension And Conflict)

Written by Jeff Colburn

Which ofrepparttar following sentences shows more tension to you?

"The bomb will go off in a month, we have plenty of time to disarm it. Hey, do you want to play a round of golf?" Or "My god, look atrepparttar 129740 timer. Ten seconds andrepparttar 129741 bomb goes off. We'll never get away. We're going to die."

Which ofrepparttar 129742 following sentences shows more conflict to you?

"Full house? Wow, you win Jim. Want to play another hand? Or "Jim, you cheatin' snake, these cards are marked," Sam growled as he pulled out a gun from his waistband. "Give me back by twenty grand or I'll blow your damn head off."

Virtually every story needs some kind of conflict and tension. They spice things up and makerepparttar 129743 story more interesting to readers. You can find them inrepparttar 129744 earliest children's books. "The Little Engine That Could," where a train engine struggles to climb a steep hill. "Jimanji," whererepparttar 129745 children struggle to completerepparttar 129746 game and avoid injury and death. "Cinderella," whererepparttar 129747 main character must contend with her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Conflict, and its resolution, is what makes people want to turnrepparttar 129748 page to see what happens next.

Conflict can occur between many aspects of a story. It can happen between characters,repparttar 129749 proverbial "Good Guys" and "Bad Guys." Between characters and nature, as inrepparttar 129750 "The Perfect Storm" and "Moby Dick." Conflict can even occur between one character. "I want to do it, but I know I shouldn't, but I can't help myself."

Don't Worry, Be Happy, AND WRITE!

Written by Jeff Colburn

How long should my story be? Who should I send it to? What do I put inrepparttar cover letter?I don't have any credits, what now? Do these questions go through your mind as you sit down to write a story? If so, then read on. Asrepparttar 129737 former Grand Poobah ofrepparttar 129738 Science Fiction Forum at Inkspot, I dealt with many new, and not so new, writers. The questions they asked have revealed a common thread among them, fear. If you're one of these writers, let me give you a word of advice. Relax!

First of all, don't concern yourself about submission guidelines, story length, chapter length, precise genre typing of your story and allrepparttar 129739 other technical stuff. Especially if you haven't even started writing your story. Until your story is finished, these questions, and other related topics, are basically irrelevant. Just write your story. Stories take on a life of their own and create their own length and flow.

After writing, edit without mercy. Make each word count. Be sure your scenes and characters are clear, alive and interesting. Include at least one conflict, and have that conflict resolved byrepparttar 129740 end ofrepparttar 129741 story.

When your story is done, that's when you research markets and follow their guidelines. Even guidelines have some flexibility. Word count can be a "little" above or below what they say. If your word count is well above what they state, queryrepparttar 129742 publication to see if they ever serialize stories. After your research is done, mail off your manuscript and forget about it. Focus onrepparttar 129743 new story your working on. You're working on a new story aren't you?

If your story is rejected, just filerepparttar 129744 rejection letter, or throw it away, and submitrepparttar 129745 manuscript torepparttar 129746 next publication on your list. Don't takerepparttar 129747 rejection personally, because it's not. There are more reasons for rejection than I can count. The publication is full, a story like yours was just published or will soon be published, for some personal reasonrepparttar 129748 publisher didn't like it, your name is similar torepparttar 129749 name of someonerepparttar 129750 publisher doesn't like, he read a story like yours a year ago and didn't like it and so on. But don't let this discourage you. If your story is good, and you know it is, it will be published. Your job as a writer is not to sweatrepparttar 129751 details, but to write and get published. Stay focused onrepparttar 129752 story, and don't confuse writing withrepparttar 129753 research you must do to be published.

So focus onrepparttar 129754 joy of writing, dorepparttar 129755 job of submitting and have fun.

Following are some common questions, and their answers.

Q: What font should I use? A: Use Times New Roman set at 12 point.

Q: How long should a manuscript be? A: This varies according to each publisher, but here is a pretty accurate guideline. Short story - up to 7,000 words Novelette or Novella - 7,000 to 15,000 words Novel - over 15,000 words Graphic novel - 40 or more pages Book outline - 5 to 15 double spaced pages

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