INKAS ? What are INKAS?
INKAS are a tool I created while working with a school writing club. We discussed what makes up a good story (or poem, or essay, etc), and then jotted down our thoughts.
We came up with INKAS for the 20 categories of writing we studied. Each INKA lists the characteristics of the type of writing named on the box. The image illustrates the definition of INKAS.
A recent discussion at our writing group showed me that some new writers don’t know (and some experienced writers lose sight of) the basic characteristics of the kinds of writing we do. So I have resurrected INKAS to help with that understanding. We begin with Short Story.
Short Story – typical length: 1500 words
- Has a complete beginning, middle, and end; is long enough to tell the whole story
May be aimed at any age
- May be based on truth, but is usually made up
May have dialogue in it (use proper quotations marks and paragraphing)
- Uses description and active words (verbs); remember the 5 senses
and a short story
… tells the reader about something
…has events that are important to the main character and that make the reader care.
…is written economically; every word counts