How To Write Short Stories

How to plan out your paragraphs and write short stories and short story fiction.

Some of the best fictional stories are short stories. A short story is a usually a fictional story or it could be otherwise, but it is short enough to be read in one sitting, hence the name "short story". The thing about short stories is that because they are short you do not have too much time to introduce your characters and to set up the scenes. The idea is to keep it fairly simple and make it fairly fast paced.

When writing short stories, keep the number of characters in your story to a minimum. If you spend all your time introducing characters, your reader may lose interest and you may run out of time for all the action of your story. Make sure that all the characters you include are necessary to your story.



Before you start writing it is a good idea to briefly plan out your story. Make a list of possible characters and describe briefly what you want to happen in your story. In your plan you should have an introduction paragraph that sets the scene and introduces your characters. There should be a few paragraphs in the middle of your story, these should be where all the action happens and should be the core of your story. Always finish with a conclusion that rounds it all up and brings the story together.

Your introduction should make an impact on your reader. It should be precise and present the characters and events sharply. The idea is to create just enough excitement that the reader desires to read on. Don't give out too much information in your introduction. Leave most of the information and action of your story for the middle of your story in the core part.

The core of your story is where is all happens. This can be just a couple of paragraphs or several depending on the length you intend your story to be. Pace your story out over a few paragraphs but remember to not give more information than is necessary. Concentrate on what your story is about and try not to go off track on to information that is not needed. Keep it to the point and keep your reader interested. As you come towards the end of the core part of your story, start to finish the story up, or prepare it for the big conclusion.

The conclusion is where it all ends up. Your conclusion should be one to two paragraphs and it should bring the whole story together. It should answer any questions raised in the core part of the story, and finish off the story. You can conclude your story with a bit of a twist or a surprise to keep the reader guessing or wondering what would be next, but it does however need to bring a feeling of finality to the reader. Sometimes the best short stories are the ones that leave you guessing, so do not be afraid to create a bit of mystery in your conclusion but make sure the story feels finished and concluded.

When writing short stories be precise and do not "babble" on about unnecessarily things. Try to keep it simple and to the point. Try to keep the reader interested, intrigued or guessing. You do not have much time in a short story to explain yourself, so describe your scenes well and with descriptive words. Be careful not to over use big words and create a story full of fancy language, keep it direct and simple. You story should flow from one paragraph into the next and not have an interrupted feel about it.

Writing short story fiction is easy and just about any one can do it. It is quick and it doesn't take long to pull to together a story with a few ideas. If you feel stumped about what to write about, write about something you know and take it from there. What have you got to loose? Give it go today!

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