16 December, 2016

Short Story Writing: Essential Steps

Do you know how to write a good short story? In case you are a newbie in that, you might require some guidance. First of all, you need to consider your writing as a process that contains certain steps. In this article, we want to share 5 most essential steps to create a good and interesting short story and help you succeed as a writer!

Read short stories 

All writers have to find time to read. Stephen King once said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.” ‘Why?’, you may ask. The answer is simple. It is just going to be hard for you to write a short story if you have never read one. To understand the form better, do not simply read short stories, but study and analyze them closely. 

Summarize your story

For that, you may try to make loglines – a trick known among screenwriters. Write it in a single sentence, where you reveal the core and the essence of your short story ideas. You logline should include your character, his or her short description, main event and conflict. At first, it may seem challenging, but in the long run it will help you better comprehend what your story will be about.

Steps to Write a Short Story

Write your story

Even though it is important to write a catchy first paragraph in your story, it can be problematic for you if you are new to writing. Therefore, just take a pen and a piece of paper, and write. It is not important what comes out of it. All you need is to get your writing started. While writing, consider that you should write about 50-100% more words than you want to have in your final draft. Why? Because due to your lack of experience in writing, you will need to throw away some of the phrases when you reread your story.

Rewrite and edit

However hard it can be, complete this essential step as well. To facilitate the process, you may use word processing programs, such as Scrivener. You can also ask your friend to read it with you and help catch some of the mistakes you might have missed.

Complete and submit your story

Read it aloud to make sure that it does not have any typos or errors. Search for submission guidelines of several literary magazines that publish stories in your genre to see that your story fits them. Afterwards, send it. Do not hesitate or give it too much thought – just send your story! Remember that you can only be published if you show your story to the editors.

Now you know the steps to writing a short story. Complete all of them and become a successful writer!

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