How to Write the best Short StoryWriting the best short story
Writing a short story (That's actually short!)
Probably most folks think it's simpler to write a novel than to write a short story. However, in fact it is more difficult to write a short story than a novel. Anyway, for many authors. What can make it more difficult to write 7,500 words or less than 50,000+ words?
You come home, you want to tell your best girlfriend all about it, but you're going out of it. See, the short story is an artwork. Condense a story in a concise format that still works, is interesting and has an emotive effect is not an easy task. It' s more difficult to tell a good story in fewer words, and that's why many authors find short storytelling so challenge.
The short story seems to be making a kind of return. I' ve noted that writers publish short histories related to their novel, which are precursors, continuations, telling or exploring a character's background story of what a certain personality did "off stage" during the novel's series. Here are just a few of them - there are many more, and I seem to be walking more and more every single working days, so this is definitely a growth area.
These short story-telling not only gives the reader more of their favourite story and character, but is also suitable for the attraction spans of the twenty-first century. The reader can enjoy these short films without having to decide on a whole range of continuations or precursors. In my opinion, we can see very well that short story libraries like these are gaining ground in the near term, perhaps even to the point where we see more independent non-novel collection!
With this increasing tendency, it might be worth learning how to write a short story, even if you are a writer. Write a short story? Why should you take the trouble to write a short story? And it annoyed me that I could write a 160,000-word novel, but not a miserable short story.
It was a challenging task for me to get out of my comforts as a novelist. These are some other good reason why you might consider making a short story: You can see that authors of novels can also profit from short novels! Are you willing to write a short story for yourself? Read on before you do to get my top hints I learnt during my own short story work and my studies!
The first challenge you face when writing a short story is finding an action. So what's the story about? What makes you think of the story you want to tell as a short story, but still as a real "story" and not as an accidental one?
Let's start by looking at the items you need for a story - a character, a purpose, a conflict und a path to success. The story is about a heroe who wants something (goal), opens himself up to reach it, but faces an obstruction that gets in its way (conflict), and gains or teaches something as a consequence of reaching or failure of the target.
How can we put all this into one short story? It is my intuition to draw fiction so that my short story would always get too long. However, after a literature course at the university where we were studying short storytelling, I was able to find out the "secret" of how to create a short storey story.
As a short story can only represent a single instant, you need that instant to make an impression. There is a turning point that gives you the kind of emotion you need to make the story important, not accidental or inconsequential. Some handicrafts were needed to turn these sequences into short films.
There are of course many more stories about these two, but a short story is just the tip of the iceberg. What do you know? Locate the life-changing aspect of your personality and then tell the story of this turning point. A tip that we get bored into ourselves all the while is " Show don't tell ".
That'?s good for a novel, but it won't work for a short story. It'?s taking longer to show than to tell, and we don't have it. This does not mean, of course, that you have to tell everything, but that in a short story you are not only accepted, but also anticipated.
Remember fairytales, ancient Greece myths and other folk music. They are short story styles, and if you've ever seen one of them, you'll soon find that they tell a heap. Let's take for example this introductory passage from the Brother's Grimm Little Red Riding Hood: "This is all narrative, and in a novel it would not be accepted.
However, in a short story we can get away with talking because we have little room on the page and the readers know it. So if you are just beginning to write a short story, I would strongly advise you to stay away from fantasy, sci-fi and romanticism until you get some work.
They are some of the most daring short story writing styles, because fantasy and sci-fi take a great deal of development, which takes more page room, and it' s very difficult to reach a romantic without a great page room to evolve the character and their family. Unhappily, fantasy and romanticism are my favourite genre, especially with the two together.
Of course these were the kind of short story I tried to write, and it was very hard and disappointing. As soon as you get better at short histories, you can begin to experiment with these genres, but for now you are trying to get the case of things with Genres that work well for short histories such as mystery/crime, thrillers, horror syndrome and comtemporary.
However, I realize that the most likely exceptions are the fantasy that happens in the contemporary realm, which includes stories like journeys through history, superpowers, magical and fabulous beings that need little explanations because the audience already knows them. If you write a short story, the answer is less of everything.
I found the best way to teach you how to write short story by literally writing it, just as you teach yourself how to write a novel by literally writing a novel. First I tried to write short story without them ( "I was lazy" confession), but I didn't "understand" it until I began to study them.
I' ve put together a short story collection for you below. I' d also suggest to buy a short story books from contemporary authors (or to get them from the library). While the following novels are classic (except for "The Lottery"), and although they are very useful for teaching how to write short novels, it is also a good way to learn contemporary short storytelling, as the way of writing is different from the classic to meet the needs of contemporary audiences.
Suggested short stories: Do you need more help with your story? For more help, take a look at my $5 book Zero to Story. It' about how to find an ideas and how to turn them into a short story (or a novel!) little by little. Here you can find out all about it! What is your greatest difficulty in short storytelling?