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!
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
- Get Started: Emergency Tips
Do you have a short story assignment due tomorrow morning? The rest…
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