A ONE-SHOT HITS THE SPOTNow we get to talk about the one-shot! Tiny, packaged and pretty like babies, petit fours, or those half-sized water bottles—sometimes miniaturizing something can make it infinitely better! I do believe this is also the case for the one-shot.
Basic Facts:A one-shot, of course, is a single scene or a short story that is one chapter. In our fandom, the vast majority of one-shots seem to have been found through contests. Of note are the Sexy Edward and DTE contests. Other popular categories include missing moments, slash one-shots, and one-shot series.
The Newbie Writer
Where to Post? Where to Find?
So, let’s say you’ve gotten your one-shot completely written up, where do you post it? Well, anywhere you can, but I recommend writing for a contest first. Contests are a great way to get readers involved. Otherwise, post to Twilighted, FF, and especially LiveJournal communities that feature your stories:
One Shots vs. Multi-Chaptered Stories
Is Writing a One-Shot Different than Writing a Chapter Story?
They have different paces than a novel. Sometimes an entire novel can be condensed into a really good short story. As examples, I’d point to
Wayfaringby gallantcorkscrews and
The Soul Feel Its Worthby poppyandpeony. Both pieces move through time via critical scenes—the filler is snipped away—and the resulting story lines are crisp and clear and therefore, all the more heartfelt.
Most of the one-shots in our fandom tend to be the romantic lemon—on speed. Boy meets girl. They instantly like each other. There’s the hesitation, the angst, and then something happens, a word is whispered, an unexpected note reveals all—or hell, girl jumps on boy. Walla!
Minisinoo has already applied some of her genius on whether or not your style as an author would be a better fit for one shots or multi-chaptered fics, so I’m including a link to the article she sent me.
My final piece of advice on short stories is that you may want to look outside of fandom for original inspiration. I recommend the short stories by Annie Proulx (Brokeback Mountain), Stephen King (I’m still not over his short which inspired the Shawshank Redemption), Truman Capote (A Christmas Memory), and Jhumpla Lahiri (all of her shorts) as a step into the amazing and great.
Give Some a Shot:
Form 1040, by giselle-lx
Night in Nantesby regatta-bay
The Golden Meanby ophelietta
The Truth About Julietby luvcali76
Six Inchesby Rosalee Lorraine
I Keep Smoking Cigarettesby Stretch
The Making of Emmett Cullenby Jfly/Thallium81
A Forest's Giftby windtear
A Consumation Devoutly to be Wishedby Bratanimus
Tis Better to Receiveby Thallium81(Jfly)/upthedownslide
The Price is Rightby Princess Bertha
Age of Edward
Sparkle and Snarkfull
Tatward and Inkella
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