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Don't Make These 4 Common Short Story Mistakes

Alas, as the editor of a short story website, I see a number of common short story mistakes over and over again, even from authors with great fundamentals.

How to Write Scenes in Novels and Short Stories -- Writing a novel? Focus on scenes. Scenes in a novel are the heart of your novel. When you know how to write scenes, you'll write better books.