How To Format Your Short Story for Submission

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  • Bart

    Wonderful insight that is often overlooked. Thanks for posting.

    • Joe Bunting

      You bet, Bart. Thanks for commenting. Are you going to be reading The Adventures of Sherlock with us?

  • Sarah Soon

    People’s intentions. As a writer, it’s powerful to observe not just dress and station, but motives and intentions. You’ll learn the real story then. As a person, it’s vital for authentic relationships.

    • Joe Bunting

      I agree, Sarah. It’s so hard to peel away everything and get to those motives sometimes, though.

  • Andrea Ward

    As a teacher, it is really important for me to observe. I think I’ve not been doing a good job of that this year. So some kids have not had the attention they really needed. I’ve been working hard the last couple weeks to fix that.

    • Joe Bunting

      I can’t imagine how challenging it would be to keep track of all those kids. Thanks for sharing this, Andrea.

    • Marla

      Wow Andrea, I can completely relate. I also am a teacher, and the first thought in my mind when I read the question above was about my students. Then I scrolled down to the comments and was amazed to see that you had voiced the exact same thing. To use one of my favorite junior high expressions – Mind. Blown. :-)
      I applaud you for working on it with your kiddos, they are blessed to have you as their teacher. Our school year ended May 22nd, but this is definitely on my list of things to be aware of when it starts again in August!

      • Andrea Ward

        So glad to know I am not the only one. It is amazing how similar good teachers feel about their students and how above with those feelings can make ourselves.

  • Rhonda Walker

    “You see but you do not observe.” That hit me between the eyes. I fear my observation skills are not what they should be. My daughter did this to me the other day (and what daughter/son hasn’t?) She heard me tell her something, and was immediately taken up with her reasoning for doing or not doing something. She heard the words I said, but did not observe the message behind the words. I am guilty of that with her also, I’m sure.
    This was a wake-up call for me to do more observing in reading to children, seniors and others. Maybe spend a bit of time asking them questions and truly observing their responses, in order to better my own writing skills.

    I need to do more observing when I read blogs of interest, to obtain a greater return on time spent reading. This should help me find new writing ideas beyond the ones headlined in the blogs.

    • Joe Bunting

      That’s good, Rhonda. It hits me, too. At The Write Practice, I’ve talked a lot about observing a lot in writing, but I’m in a season of life where real observation is tough. We all need reminders to re-engage our senses, open our hearts to the world around us, and go deeper into the moments we’ve been given. Thanks for re-reminding me to do that. :)

  • Gary G Little

    I have stood on the side of a pool as a swim meet referee and picked the order of finish for 6 swimmers finishing a heat milliseconds apart. It’s where we focus. I was focused on the swimmer in the center of the pool, but I was observing all 6 swimmers. I know it can be done. I’ve done it. If we allow distractions to change our focus, and the moment is lost. The human brain and optical system is a marvelous system for observation, but is so very easily distracted. I kept pen and paper up and ready and wrote the order of finish down as fast as I could speak it, but if anything distracted me, or if I had to stop and think about it, it was gone. Sherlock Holmes I am not.