How To Write Good Short Stories

Do you want to write a short story? Not sure how to go about it? In this article, we will have a look at some steps on how you can go about writing short stories. We hope you find these helpful.

1. Read Some Short Stories.
There is a saying that goes like this: “If you can’t find the time to read, then you wont find the time to write”. Not read a short story before? Then there is no way that you will be able to write one yourself. Before you even think about writing your own short story, it is worth spending some time studying a couple of short stories as thoroughly as you can. Doing this will help you to gain further understanding of how the short story has been written.

2. Provide A Summary Of Your Short Story.
Before you go ahead and start writing, it is a good idea to with a one sentence summary of what your story is about. This will assist you with understanding what your story is going to be about. You will also stay motivated in keeping to the subject at hand. You may find lots of example summaries and literature study guides for example at The Paper Guide.

3. Write The Short Story.
When it comes to writing your short story, simply put your pen to paper. Or your fingers to your keyboard and write. What comes out is not important. Getting your story started is the most important thing for now.
Make sure that you anywhere between fifty to one hundred percent extra words. These will make it to the last draft of your story. How to keep stats accurate? For example, use RobotDon for text mining and analytics. If you are writing a 7,000 word story, then aim for 11,000 words. Why, you may ask? Because it is easier to simply write words than choose words. For a good short story, you will have to take a lot of writing out of it.

4. Rewriting and Editing.
To write well, learning how to rewrite is a must.
Once your first draft has been written; rewriting, editing and cutting your story down will be required. Most writers find this the most difficult thing about writing short stories. But keep on persisting.
A word processing program will make life much easier for you when it comes to rewriting. It will also make your work much easier to organize.

5. Submit.
Always read your story out loud a few times before you send it off to be submitted. There are sure to be some grammar and typo mistakes in it. It should also be formatted to a standard manuscript format.

Once you have done this, spend some time going through some literacy magazines within the genre that your story has been written in. Have a read of what their guidelines are in reference to submission. This will tell you whether or not your story will fit into the genre you are writing it for.

If you think that your story is OK, then go ahead and get your story out there. Don’t think about it too much. Just send it off for the rest of the world to discover it for themselves.

These are just a few steps that you can follow if you are wanting to write a good short story. Follow these and you can’t go too wrong. Give it a try sometime. You might surprise yourself.

Lisa Mills