Mimi: As You Like It by William Shakespeare because she saw it performed and loved it
M Cov: How To Guess You Age by Corey Ford because it was an American humor and sounded interesting

Drama: Movement, plot structure, theme, characterization, POV, forshadowing, effective intro/conclusion, conflict


Short Stories: Plot stucture, theme, characterization, forshadowing, effective intro/conclusion, point of view, conflict



M Cov: How does the idea of creating a short story come up, wouldn't that be considered writing one chapter f a story?
Mimi: Wants to know how to read Elizabethan script

Discussion For First Reading

- Michael: It starts out with objects that have changed over time in the main characters world
- Mimi: Started off with the action, had almost no introduction to the characters

- Michael: Cool, Vivid Words / Conflicts ("Classmates TOTTERING into a state of advanced SENILITY" (19) / "Staircases Steeper......so much farther today from the first to the second floor,..." (18))
- Mimi: Cool, Vivid Words / Conflicts ("I would thou hadst been son to some man else./ The world esteemed thy father honorable,/ but I did find him still mine enemy" (Shakespeare). And the story has several people banished from the kingdom before the play even begins, such as the old Duke Senior.)

Authors use these techniques to make their stories more interesting and to hook the reader in from the very beginning.

- Mimi: (How to read Elizabethan Script?) Slow down on what you read to get the full understanding, until you get the hang of it.

For drama, movement was something that appeared many times and was vital for showing how people were using the stage.
For short stories, dialogue was used when the character was talking about how much has changed since he was young.

Discussion For Second Reading

For drama, the middle would be where the love interests develop, along with the various conflicts of interest between the characters. The beginning is where these are introduced, and in the middle the different characters are interacting with each other and building up the storyline.
For short stories, talks about what goes on in each specific story, some have rising action, sometimes can also have the climax.

M Cov: (Why write short stories?) Explains the subject, just the title of the story, if it's a small subject to talk about the story will be small. For example, if the subject is an office party the story will not be too long.

For drama, there is actually quite a bit of controversy over who it was that wrote Shakespeare's plays. It has been confimed that all of the documents with his name have been written by a different hand, so there's a raging battle over the matter.
http://www.william-shakespeare.info/william-shakespeare-identity-problem.htm
For short stories, the theme is like a backbone in a story, it should go from the start and follow through to the end.
http://www.literature-study-online.com/creativewriting/plot.html

For drama, movement is something that clears up a lot of confusion for the reader becuase if the play was written without stage directions there would be no way to tell what was going on.
For short stories, cool, vivid word are definately what keeps the readers interested and being able to relate to the characters, theme and characteristics are also important, as well as the point of view and the main idea.

Discussion For Last Reading

Short stories ended with a restatement of the title, main idea
Drama ended with the resolution of conflicts and endings for all the characters involved

For drama, something interesting is that the ending of a play is the most difficult part to write. There has been a conflict of interests between the characters, however many there are, and the ending has to resolve that so the audience can enjot the play. It's even more difficult if the play has multiple conflicts.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2223645_ending-play.html

The Length of a short story is always asked by many people. However they say short stories will never be any less then 1,000 words, no more than 12,000 words but mostly found from 3,000 - 5,000 words. An example is magazines or newspapers.
http://short-story-writing.blogspot.com/2009/09/length-of-short-story.html

The most important master techniques in short stories were plot structure, characterization, conflict, and the point of view because they are the vital parts of making a story. Also, there has to be an interesting title or people won't want to read it.
In drama, the most important techniques are definitely dialogue, as that's what the play is comprised of, and movement, which is the only way for the audience to know where the setting is and how the characters are feeling.

Short stories and drama are mostly different, as they are separate genres and can have different master techniques. For example, movement is something key in a play that has no place in a short story, and in short stories the point of view is able to be manipulated, whereas in drama it's all told with an omniscient perspective. Also, the method of creating character's personalities is different because in drama the dialogue is the only way for the audience to get to know a character.
On the other hand, they're similar because there are many techniques used in the same way between them, like forshadowing and conflict. There is also theme and resolution as some things they share, although they can have different methods for using these. Drama can have a myriad of themes or none at all, while short stories are usually made with one specific theme in mind. Also, short stories can have no resolution while in drama there is usually one, or at least a sequel.