Today’s task is to read at least the opening of a few of these stories and see if you could fill in the first part of the Short Story Framework for those stories.
Character: Empty-nesting mom, Desire: to maintain a meaningful connection with her grown child
Character: a newly-deceased bride, Desire: to adjust to her new circumstances
Character: Underappreciated teacher, Desire: to get a better job (be appreciated and better paid)
Character: A school child (complicated by the ‘we’, but essentially…), Desire: to be cool/important
Character: a disillusioned seer, Desire: wants to be believed
(the answer to ‘how soon do you know the character’ is ‘immediately, because it’s all in the title!!”)
Who is the character?
What is their adjective?
What is their desire?
You can read other short stories, if you want, but pay attention to how soon in each story you are able to identify these things. How many lines/words (or what percentage) into the story are you, when you know who the character is and what they want?
(Hint: it’s usually not very far.)
Note: their desire/need may not be the same thing, and may change over the course of the story. Today, we’re just focused on the opening.
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Join The Discussion: How would YOU fill in the Short Story Framework for one of these stories? Post it below!
(If you want to see my answers, highlight the lines under each story link, above. You’ll see my answers appear)