- They still need a definite beginning, middle, and end. As you go, establish an emotional rhythm. Bestsellers have an emotional pattern.
- You don’t have the space to write out much character development but you need to really know that character yourself. You can allude, infer, hint, and foreshadow, to let your reader know them without using up valuable word space. Remember 10,000 words or less is a short story. Many are only 5 thousand.
- You must write what you have a passion for. Don’t try to write what you think people want to read. It will be obvious and will flatten your story.
- You need a definite genre or theme for your story. In a short story, there really isn’t room for an erotic fantasy about a historical science fiction romance. Too many genres and not enough words to fit it in. so stick to one per story. Keep a narrow focus on your short stories. You stand a better chance of making money.
- It is still vital to start your story in the middle of the action, don’t try to establish anything other than the emotion and heat of that action early on. Start on the first page deep in the story, to the heat.
- Your story will be more fun or interesting to read if something is going on parallel to the action of your plot but there isn’t time for a big twist in the story. As an example, you may be having wild sex with your boss but be in the middle of launching a new business venture that is draining your resources.
- More and more writers are cutting costs and not getting professional editing on their work. If you are one please don’t forget to edit your story at least 5 times. We cannot find everything that needs to be rewritten or taken out in one pass.
Many famous and rich authors seem to understand this ‘code’ of sorts. It is being analyzed by computers with algorithms designed to learn the secrets.
The bestseller code I am after is the subject of a book you should get surprisingly titled: “The Best Seller Code” and it is written by authors: Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers.