Tips for Writing Short Stories

Since I’ve got trouble to write a short story I think these hints, tricks and advices are absolutely amazing and very useful. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Thank you very much Shirley McLain!

Shirley McLain


Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book.

A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict, and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation. Go easy on the exposition and talky backstory — your reader doesn’t need to know everything that you know about your characters.

Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers


Get Started: Emergency Tips

Write a Catchy First Paragraph

Develop Your Characters

Choose a Point of View

Write Meaningful Dialogue

Use Setting and Context

Set up the Plot

Create Conflict and Tension

Build to a Crisis or a Climax

Deliver a Resolution

  1. Get Started: Emergency Tips

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