How does one learn to live life? Is it in the way we were raised? Is it the choices we make? Is it how we perceive things? She was not raised like this. No one would make choices to feel like this and perception is reality, no? If her scars were on the outside instead of on the inside, she would be immediately raced to a hospital. The room would fill with doctors and nurses scurrying to make her lively. But the scars remained on the inside so the world did not see the wounds. The pain remained unseen and the rush for help was nowhere to be found.
Hi Emily, I think story structure is down to the individual really – it depends what suits a story best. I tend to prefer 1st person in the present tense as it delivers a fast, engaging pace for the reader. In a short story, due to the low word count, you have to make good use of every word. While backstory can be very useful, it can be slow if overused – it can disengage the reader. Personally I prefer the here and now, using lots of dialogue to develop character and reveal the plot. Having said that, I have also written a number of short stories in the third person and in past tense. It really does depend on the characters, situation and plot. I usually advise writers to experiment and see what works best for them.
Gentlemen: I received your letter to-day by post, in regard to the ransom you ask for the return of my son. I think you are a little high in your demands, and I hereby make you a counter-proposition, which I am inclined to believe you will accept. You bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred and fifty dollars in cash, and I agree to take him off your hands. You had better come at night, for the neighbours believe he is lost, and I couldn't be responsible for what they would do to anybody they saw bringing him back.