This summary table shows the different features of most short stories. Only Ten follows this pattern.
The story starts with a situation or orientation.
Gets straight into the story. Opening sentence grabs the reader’s attention.
An event or character changes the situation.
This section is usually short.
Events unfold to increase the tension.
The suspense, pace and tension increase.
The events give clues about the ending but do not reveal it.
The end creates the impact.
- a twist
- a conclusion that explains the clues along the way
- an open-ending with a number of possible resolutions to explain the clues.