I have been introduced with a 6 step process for writing short stories. So, if you’re like me and wonder if writing short stories is a way to gain practice in your writing, the keep reading and join me in gaining an insight on how to write short stories.
Step 1- A simple Idea. Some writers seem to be able to pull an idea that works out of thin air, but for some it’s not that easy. An approach that some writers used and were able to write some true classics, is to focus on a single character, the setting, or just an event.
An example is John Cheever’s The Swimmer. This story is about one character. Very simply put, a suburban American father decides to swim through all of his neighbors pools.
Then we have Shirley Jackson who wrote The Lottery. She has a larger cast of characters with the setting being in a town square.
If you limit your characters and locations to only one or two you just may find that that it’s easier to keep your story under control.
Yes, I’m going to say it, I wish I didn’t have to but it’s a true statement. “Write what you know.” Many of us haven’t lived through an epic saga like Gullivers Travels, but you may have an anecdote or two of your own that can form the basis of your story.
Conversations that you hear may spark your imagination so write pieces of them down that you could possible use, on your phone or in a short story idea folder. You may find a colorful character or two. Remember you can take inspiration from other lives you too.
Once you have that character, idea, or setting bring some emotion into it. Think of your short story as a study of feeling instead of a full-blown plot. If you don’t have that emotional core your story may lack in areas and the Reader you hoped to have invested in your story may be struggling to connect.
Now, try this first step on for size and see what you create and then later we are going to move on to the second step so, PLEASE stay tuned.
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