**Alice Adams’s Pattern For Writing A Short Story
The ABDCE Pattern for Writing a Short Story
“The letters stand for Action, Background, Development, Climax, and Ending.
- You begin with compelling Action to draw the reader in.
- The Background is where you … see and know who these people are, how they’ve come to be together, what was going on before the opening of the story.
- Then you Develop these people so that we learn what they care most about. The plot – the drama, the actions, the tension – will grow out of that.
- You move them along until everything comes together in the Climax, after which things are different for the main characters, different in some fundamental way.
- And then there is the Ending: what is our sense of who these people are now, what are they left with, what happened, and what did it mean?”
**Alice Adams was an American novelist, short story writer, and university professor. She was born 14 August 1926 and died 27 May 1999.
She wrote 11 novels but is best known for her short stories, read in The Stories of Alice Adams.
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