A short story is probably one of the toughest genres of
literature to write. One has to tell so much and express it in a condensed
form. However, writers are usually now seeking to write short stories more than
novels. People are more likely to appreciate a good, intense, and thought-provoking
short story than taking out the time to curl up with a novel.
There are several kinds of short stories, in different genres
and lengths, but below are a few general tips to get those creative juices
A good writer would write what he knows. This is the general
thumb rule of writing, and it usually works. While a novel would require
research, one also has to research what he is thinking of writing in a short
Is the topic Victorian females? Some descriptions of their
dresses, actions, and habits would have to be historically accurate in order
for the story to resound with the reader.
2. Read Writing
Like most writers, are you stuck on just how to get started?
Do you have an amazing imagination but no specific topic or outline? There are
thousands, probably millions, of writing prompts out there. There must be a few
that click wit you instantly and make your fingers hit the keyboard.
While one can simply Google for writing ideas, there are
sites like Tumblr, Reddit, or Imgur that feature excellent and unique writing
3. Don’t Be Afraid To
If you start out writing an inspirational story, and
suddenly decide that a science fiction element is of importance at one point,
slap it right in. if it fits there, trust your instincts and forge ahead.
You don’t have to stick to one genre or even one length. If
your story wraps up before you expect it, don’t overthink it. Taking these
risks as a writer when it seems the best decision to make for the sake of the
story can actually really pay off in the long run.
Just about every great writer, when asked about how others
can write as well as they do, have more or less the same advice. Whether it’s
J.K Rowling or Stephen King, they all advise their writer fans to read as much
It stands to reason that if you don’t have an idea of what a
short story looks like, or what inspired you to write yourself, it’s going to
be a futile struggle writing a story of your own. Plus, it would probably benefit
many writers to not just ready, but take out the time to study some of their
favorite short stories in depth. Once the themes and elements of the short
stories are opened up, the writer would be amazed at how well the author put in
little details which made the story a masterpiece.
Just like every article, essay, or paper one writes, an
outline or summary is of great importance. This would give the writer a way to
jot down all the ideas concerning the topic from his head onto paper (or
screen). Creating an outline is also a sort of personal brainstorming session
that would most likely lead to new ideas.
For example, one starts out writing about a boy who ran away
from home. The reasons for this; his adventures, and if or how he got back can
all be written and captured in the moment. Along with this, some new ideas
would surface, such as the boy having a secret place where he means to go,
which would make the story richer and more interesting.
The tips above would not only help writers get an idea of
what they’re supposed to do, they would also help potential authors to achieve
their goals. If the above habits can be adopted, there hopefully won’t be any
interruptions in the writing flow. Once all the ideas have been incorporated
into the story, the proofreading and editing can begin, as well as the final
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