Cubbies: The Method for Structuring Short-Form Stories


When assembling a short form story, the “cubby” method is your best friend.

The cubby method conceptualizes a short form story as one large structure, one large piece – with fifteen different categories.

An overall unit – with fifteen different compartments.

These compartments are the different aspects of a story that need to be present, consciously designed, and utilized.

It’s important to understand that each cubby is a necessary part of a well rounded story.

Some of these may be familiar, some may not.

These fifteen cubbies are:

The cubbies are an organizational tool used to both evaluate and design your story. To see conceptually what you have, and what you still need.

We’ll be diving into each cubby separately and swimming around for awhile.

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