Since being chosen as "one of the lucky ones" to be included in the anthology published by Chicken House Press, I have had a few writers ask me about my process for creating a winning short story.
The question makes me laugh because there are probably 101 different ways to tackle this task, and only a tiny percentage of writers want to attempt it my way: The Obsessive List Approach. I always start with five interrogative or question words: who, what, where, when, and why (not necessarily in that order). Each one gets a whole page where I list things of interest or intrigue out in point-form, so it is easy to cross-reference from one list to the next. Let me explain in more detail:
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