5,000 Words: Four Scenes.
I’m currently writing a series of short stories, each of which is under 5,000 words in draft form. They tend to get longer in revision – I’m a wordy writer – but I aim for just four scenes in the initial draft.
- Scene 1: the setup.
- Scenes 2 and 3: complications and conflict.
- Scene 4: dark moment, climax… the end.
When you’ve got just four scenes, you roll everything into those scenes: exposition, as well as scene sequels, which may be just a few words, and then on to the next scene.