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Seven things you need to know about writing short stories


As with all “this is how to do it” articles about writing, today’s re-blog is meant as guidance, not “Rules”…

{ By the way, there are two collections of short stories on this blog—Friday Fantasy & Friday Story Bazaar— with a total, as of my writing these words, of 77 stories :-) }

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JF2016By writer Julie Fairweather
The approach to creating a short story is primarily governed by an individual’s writing process. Some writers begin with a single word or phrase and mind-map from that to gather ideas for development. Others start by plotting a structured outline or building a character. Or begin, as I do, with an idea and penning a rough draft straight off. Whichever way works for you.

The following seven points, therefore, can be used as a check-list at any stage of the writing process in order to achieve a completed and rounded story.

  1. Motivation: Determine what the story’s motivation is, ie, the reason for writing it. Your protagonists will need a strong moral component that motivates them throughout the story so that they end up in a different emotional space from where they began. This is what makes it a story.
  2. Theme: There is only room for…

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