1. Give readers the emotional charge they want (what’s the genre?)
If you’re a movie fan, you know that movies made from novels are usually much less satisfying than the novels themselves. Why? One reason: a novel reveals characters’ emotions, via their thoughts, and we experience what the character experiences.
Let’s say you’re writing a short story, which consists of five scenes.
In the first scene, the one that sets up your story, one of your female characters, Tiffany, is shown to be a chatterbox, and this has consequences. She shares a bit of gossip about her love life with another character. Someone overhears — Pamela, the wife of the man with whom Tiffany is having an affair.