I know that most of the time we talk about novel-related matters here on Magical Words, but today (and through the weekend) I want to spend some time talking about short stories. Specifically, I’d like to talk about your short stories…
The first 200 words of any short story are often all that get read when submitted to magazines, because you can tell a lot about the writing, the writer, and the story itself in that span. So what I’m offering today is to review the first 200 words of up to 20 short stories this weekend. Post it in the comments section below, and I’ll get to all them as quickly as I can.
So that we’re clear, I’m going to post my comments about your short story (and it has to be a short story, no novels opening (the correct way to open novels and short stories is not the same and they can’t be judged by the same criteria)) in a direct fashion. I don’t intend to mock anyone or be brutal, but I need to be honest or this exercise is a waste of everyone’s time. If I can get to more, I will, but I can only promise to to do the first 20.
So who’s game for a little audience-participation?