More Tips for Learning How to Write Short Stories

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More Tips for Learning How to Write Short Stories:

I like simple. Step by step is what works well and keeps me interested. If you’re the same then this article is for you.

  • Try choosing a character to write about first. I’ve found that beginning with a character is easier than trying to come up with an idea to write about.
  • Take a character you want to make your protagonist or antagonist and just begin writing the story about them. See where it goes.
  • Write the story out without distractions. Don’t edit, or rewrite until the first draft is finished.
  • As your story unfolds the uniqueness of your character will be fun to learn about and add to.
  • Have you ever tried free association? This is close. Letting the story go where it wants to is something Steven King says he does.
  • People ask him what is going to happen in one of his stories that he hasn’t finished and he says: “I don’t know yet” because he doesn’t. It happens as he writes it.

15 Replies to “More Tips for Learning How to Write Short Stories”

  1. Nafasia,

    This is a pretty interesting take. It’s interesting to see TV shows and movies over time seem to take a similar direction. The series / franchises tend to be built around characters rather than a given story arc.

    I don’t know that there was a specific point in history when it happened, but I definitely remember growing up and noticing that a lot of things people were writing seemed to be more of the “let’s come up with a character and put them in situations” school of thought than putting the emphasis on crafting the situation and populating it with characters.

    1. Agreed, they do seem to be tied to the characters instead of just the plot.
      It would be nice to know when the change was you spoke of just to read some work as it began would be interesting.
      I didn’t begin that way myself. My early writing was just telling stories. I thought of adventures or something I would like to happen in my own life and wrote that.
      Thanks for your contribution.

  2. Great topic! Telling a story is always appealing! Many people like to hear nice stories! To know how to write stories is a great skill. Any tip for writing good stories can help!
    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you Igor. I love short stories. Writing a good one takes some time and practice. Very few of us start right off with a masterpiece.

  3. Good tips! I sometimes have a hard time with writing out the first draft without any distractions. It’s sometimes easy to be overly critical of your work when all you need to do is get your ideas out on paper…anyway, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, I hope they help. It is so easy to get distracted by a typo or misspell that takes me away from the story.

  4. This is good information on how to go about writing a short story and also think it can be applied to writing a short script for a movie or an episode series.

    1. Thank you Anita. That’s a good point. I didn’t consider scripts because I have not done one myself. Have you written any?

  5. Pretty impressive! I love short stories, I grew up reading those. It’s cool how you put it in a simple manner so people can really start anytime without over thinking, well done! 🙂

    1. Thank you for the nice comments. I like simple. It is probably why I like short stories better than novels.

  6. Fantastic info on writing short stories. It has been a long time since I have done so & may just get back to it. I never thought of beginning with a character & writing onward…it certainly would make it easier than coming up with an idea to write about. I will definitely try that in the near future.

    Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Best Regards.

    1. I’m so glad you’re thinking of writing again. That’s fantastic. Thank you for stopping by.

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