Post #9 – How To Write A Short Story: 10 Steps To A Great Read

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:


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