When to Kill Off a Character?

A question I have considered a time or to myself…I’m not averse to killing a character off  🙂

I’ve been working on one of my short stories lately, because I want to at least try to get something published this year…and I ran into a little snag. On Sunday, I finished a rough draft for it, but it didn’t seem complete. I had alluded to the idea that one of the characters does […]


How to make a short story work – ‘Tea Time’ (Steampunk)

So how do you make s short story work? Well you don’t have a lot of time, so you really need to get straight on with the story, and it has to go somewhere and do something quick, and yet still leave the customer satisfied.

So something a little different, which I think is a perfect example of how to make a short story work 🙂

I have dabbled a little in the short story area, and although I naturally gravitate towards writing something much longer, I love the simplicity of a well rounded short story such as this steampunk example above 🙂

You always get something different out of a film and a book. Would this work as a book? Yes, I think it would. But, it does work so perfectly in the medium chosen that it is hard to imagine how it could or would work as a book. Part of it’s appeal is the theatrical costumes and over-the-top flamboyance that comes with steampunk. But most stories can be transfered i.e. you could say swop the country, era, or genre and the story would work in each in its own way. But, I really think streampunk is a winner in this case.

Changing the location, and or genre, can add a whole new perspective to exactly the same tale. For example what do you think if we set ‘Tea Time’ on a council estate in Leeds? Or an intergalactic space station? The possibilities can produce a lot of fun ideas, and grabbing a story from one genre and dropping it into another one is a great way to generate story ideas.