The only way to keep within the word count is not to write so many words. Is all that description necessary?Is it a normal convention to write a short story, but not have a full stop ending?
Like, having the ending at a small climax, but having an in your face event that shows it isnt the end of the story?
If you can understand that :D
No, it's not normal unless the reader can work out the denouement from what is already given. You can't tell 3/4 of a story.
I'm currently writing a fictional short story for my English Lit course this semester, and I'm finding it very hard to keep to the word count. (A measly 2000 words) I've already reached 400 and I've barely described the beginning events.
I've got a rough ladder of how I want to do it.
Beginning event - Antagonist conflict - Homecoming - Ending Climax
In the first 400 words I've pointed out that the character has left home. I've hinted at the antagonist conflict which is also a part of the beginning event.
Can anybody give me any tips on keeping this to the word count and not lose any description/plot?
Also, does a Short story need a lot of he said/she said?
No, if it's obvious who is saying what, you can leave most of those out.
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