Sarah Hoyt is a successful professional author in Sci Fi/Fantasy genre, who is also a libertarian conservative. Sarah is sufficiently eminent that she routinely guest-blogs on Instapundit.
Over at PJM, Sarah has published the first of a series of articles teaching you how to write a short story.
what is a short story? Surely before you write one you need to know that.
A story is a satisfying unit of action, character development and emotional resolution (ideally all tree, practically at least one of those.) A short story is all of that but in under 10,000 words.
No, itâ€™s not actually easy to write, but fortunately for you I made every possible mistake learning how to, and therefore developed cheat sheets, plot schematics and all sorts of crazy ways to write competent short stories, (to date, Iâ€™ve sold more than a hundred, at professional rates. I used to write a short story every Saturday, regardless of what else I was writing.)