Short and sweet

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Writing Assignment: Short and Sweet

To escape unjust imprisonment, you have become Scheherazade of the detention hall. You have written a flash fiction story and posted it for peer review to the Discussion: Share and Share Alike link. Now you must consider the feedback you received carefully and rework your story following these guidelines and questions to focus your revision work:

  1. Length
    • Is my story short enough—under 750 words? What else can I remove?
    • Remove anything that is not important to creating the characters, moving the plot forward, or setting up the surprise ending
    • Remove any extra wordiness or repetition that is not purposeful
  2. Language
    • Are the words chosen carefully for connotation (tone)?
    • Are your phrases/images unexpected, memorable, or clever? (Remove clichés)
    • Are active verbs used consistently?
    • Is the last sentence your strongest? (Make it so!)
  3. Imagery/Symbolism
    • What is the controlling image/symbol? Is this the best choice you could make?
    • Which adjective could be used to “push” the meaning of that image?
    • Have you used the image to your advantage every time it appears? Could it be used in other places or in better ways?
  4. Surprise (Ironic/Humorous/Twist Ending)
    • How is your story surprising (but still focused)?
    • Do you telegraph your twist? (If so, rewrite it.)
    • Is the audience going to get it? (If not, figure out a way to make it clearer.)

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