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If you're a writer: Keeping Short Stories and Skits Brief


Book and photo by Anne Hart.


Interestingly, the best strategy I learned from earning a graduate degree in creative writing many decades ago is to keep the short story or novel chapter brief. I always asked myself these three questions that have been said many times before writing a book, article, or fiction--novel, script, play, or life story. Lecturing isn't communicating. Connecting is.


1. What's the situation, event, or experience?
2. What outcome/impact/result is it causing?
3. What's your resolution? (Solve the problem or get measurable results in clear and easy-to-understand steps the readers can follow.)

It really works as a formula for writing book proposals as well as a query letter and also for the book or follow-up. That's the basis of a good novel or nonfiction book. The details are in the where, how, why, and when.


You also may wish to see the listing of the cover and title of my paperback book,  Cover Letters, Follow-Ups, Queries & Book Proposals: Samples with Templates, by Anne Hart. Published April 22, 2004.