Alright,you have decided to write your own short story,but you don’t know how to go about it ?We all know what a short story is,but what should a short story be ? And what makes some better than others ? This article will teach you how to craft a killer short story.
So, I want you to get your note pad and pen out cause am about to teach you everything you need to know about crafting a killer short story.
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Why You Should Craft A Killer Short Story.
- Short stories can help you land an agent and launch your entire writing career.
- Short stories can make you a sh** load of money 😁😁.
- But,the best thing about short stories is that it can help you become a better writer 😲😲, How ? 👇👇
1.It teaches you to be focused,pointed & concise because you have to get straight to the point,🙄 It’s a short story.
2.Writing short stories is a form of mental exercise in discovering where you spend too much time,what piece of information you are repeating and how to make the most of what you give your readers.
First off, ask your self what you want to write about. Now,I don’t mean your story plot. Dig into your heart of what you are using your writing to shed more light on.
Do you want to share your thoughts on feminism ? Are you struggling to process a trauma in your life ? Are you interested in the way society views gender equality ? Kneading at whatever drives you will allow you to create a solid and powerful short story that resonates with your readers.
What You Should Write About.
Write what you know, 😏 Yes, you read right am not playing games, its that simple.Write what you know.This doesn’t mean that if you’re a doctor, you should write a story about illness and medecines.This simply means to write about something that is emotionally true to you.This is great because doing so will make you more familiar with the nuances of the story your telling, Like the emotions, perceptions and implications of each action.
Now,just a quick exercise,think about a time you were wronged,pressured or humiliated. Write a few sentences about how such event affected your attitude. Did you become short tempered,passive-aggressive or disoriented ?
Once, you understand that the road from action to reaction is not straight you can begin to organise your story. If you think about what that road of emotion looks like for you,you can begin to mold the details & direction of your story,thus making it easier to map it out & keeping it interesting and real.This will help readers who are looking to identify with a story or set of characters when they can see themselves reflected in that story,as that character there on the page.
Now, you must not write about the greatest topics for your short story to be great. Some of the greatest short stories are about the same old topics of love, relationships and loss.What makes your story great is not the subject but your voice and perspective which is entirely unique to you.
“What makes your story great is not the subject but your voice and perspective”…
Build Your Characters .
When crafting a killer short story your characters must have depth . Firstly, create a character guild,this is a series of questions about your character.Its critical to avoid building a flat,one-dimensional character.
Your Character Guilde Should Contain;
- Views/values your characters hold?
- Greatest fears of your characters ?
- General attitude towards people ?
- Weakness,strengths & desires ?
- General composition details such as clumsy,elegant and so on ?
- Facial features such as nose, eyes, beautiful smile and so on ?
- Pet peeves ?
- Insecurities & flaws ?
- Food habits ?
😪 Whew,that was a long list, with that you have a intricate & complex character.
Distinguishing Your Characters .
So, you created your character guide,what next ? Characters are differientated in two ways. In speech and in gesture. To create a unique & realistic character’s voice pay attention to the way people speak. The next step is altering word choice, verbaltics & habitual language.
Changing emphasis or tempo is important too,and can be done through punctuation. Reading aloud is a great way to learn how and where to puncuate the rythm of character speech. When it comes to gesture,you can enhance the individuality of character by thinking about the way your character;
- Moves their body.
- Facial expressions.
- Hand movements.
Your character guide will help you maintain consistency in your rewrites. Now,you have got your story line down,and you’ve created full unique characters, Its time to narrow the focus of your story.Short stories don’t have room for elaborate details of supporting characters.You have got few words to tell us about your characters,their history, relationships, struggles,and why we should care.
Sometimes It’s Okay To Overwrite.
Now, I know i said you need to be concise but you are writing your first draft,sometimes you need to overwrite,you may need to construct events that lead up to the main action of the story. This is a useful & necessary approach to help you craft a killer short story. It’s an important developmental step that is helpful to you but your reader doesn’t ever need to know about 🤫🤫. Don’t be scared to overwrite your first draft. Just keep in mind that in the rewrite, you will retell your story with the fewest possible moves and words.
Start As Close To The End As Possible.
Your stort story should take off running. You want to be sure you get to the heart of the conflict,for more on conflict read this. By quickly starting as close to the end as possible, you get us right into the issue your main character is facing.
Step Back !!!
So,you have crafted your killer short story out on paper,you are probably over the moon to just make a few improvements and get it out into the world filled with rainbows and sunshine 🌅. DON’T !!!😲😲. Take a deep breath and reconsider this simple truth;
- Pushing your half baked story out in the world doesn’t help anybody.
- It doesn’t help your career as a writer.
- It doesn’t help your reader that has to sift through it
So chill and take a snack.The only way forward is to forget all the reasons you filled it up with this or that and give your self time to think. Stepping back provides a good opportunity to think about your story and how to improve what you have already done. This will help you get closer to the view of your readers. And there’s always room for improvement.
Editing Your Short Story.
So,now that you’ve accepted that you need space & time to properly view your work & critique. Its important to talk about how.
Lets Talk Editing...
This is simply evaluating each sentence and paragraph and asking yourself if it fits into one of this two categories. It must either ;
- Advance your plot.
- Reveal something about character.
For more about editing your short story,read this.
Few Tips To Get Down.
- Dont repeat & clarify details every time.
- Show,dont tell.
- Keep it simple.
Invest In A Professional Editor.
If you’re serious about getting published, it’s a great investment for your killer short story to work with someone who knows exactly what it takes. Hiring an editor is one of the best decisions you can make.
A good editor will walk you through in your story construction,weak writing patterns.Guidance is a crucial step in a successful writing career. A good editor will also highlight your strengths so that you can repeat that formular again and again and avoid making some mistakes in the future.
With all this you have crafted a killer short story ready to get published 💃💃💃. If you have other great tips & experinces crafting a great short story, tell me in the comments below 👇👇.
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