Go easy on the exposition and talky backstory — your reader doesn’t need to know everything that you know about your characters.
John sat up and took a deep breath, knowing that his confrontation with Mary had to come now, or it would never come at all. ” he stammered haltingly, staring vulnerably at the tattered Thomas the Tank Engine slippers Mary had given him so many years ago, in happier times.
Setting moves readers most when it contributes to an organic whole.
He will teach you more than any writing teacher or workshop ever could.
In today’s fast-moving world, the first sentence of your narrative should catch your reader’s attention with the unusual, the unexpected, an action, or a conflict. Remember that short stories need to start close to their end.