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

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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

Contents

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

Do you have a short story assignment due tomorrow morning? The rest…

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