Writing a short story differs from writing a novel in several key ways:
There is less space to develop characters, less room for lengthy dialogue, and often a greater emphasis on a twist or an ‘a-ha’ realization. How to write a short story in ten steps:
Step 1: Devise an intriguing scenario.
Step 2: Plan what publications you will submit your final story to.
Step 3: Find the story’s focus before you start.
Step 4: Outline character and setting details.
Step 5: Choose a point of view for the story.
Step 6: Write the story as a one-page synopsis.
Step 7: Write a strong first paragraph.
Step 8: Write a satisfying climax and conclusion.
Step 9: Rewrite for clarity, concision and structure.
Step 10: Pick an intriguing story title and submit to short fiction publishers.
1: Find the scenario for your story
Writing a novel gives you more elbow room to develop characters and story arcs and symbols at a leisurely pace. Writing a short story differs in that often there is a single image, symbol, idea or concept underlying the story. Some examples of original story scenarios: