She said that every character wants something. This "wanting" is the basis of plot. As opposed to life, plot has an ordered structure, continuity, and careful selection of relevant and discarding of non-relevant information. For instance, characters may want:
- to escape
- to retrieve something
- to stop something
- to win something
This pointers have helped me save some stories that needed editing. Now I know why: my character needed something...and this was lacking.
Do you usually pay attention to your characters' needs?
So now that you have some pointers on how to edit your wonderful short story, I invite you to be daring and enter your story in the Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Good luck to all of you!