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The Short Story Process

How do you go about writing a short story?

Well, it’s similar to writing a novel. Or a novella. Or flash fiction.

Well, maybe not quite like flash fiction, but the effort is there!

The Short Story Writing Process

Step 1. Think of an idea

Easier said than done, I know. But I’m not a mind reader, so you’re own your own for that one.

Step 2. Figure out the story’s focus or theme

Is there going to be a moral lesson at the end? Is it just to give the readers deep feels? Is it based off of something that happened to you in real life?

Step 3. Figure out the basics

  • Overall plot
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Point of view

Step 4. Start writing

Another one that’s easier said that done, but… that’s what editing is for.

Step 5. Edit

Because you know the first draft is going to be terrible.

Step 6. Now what?

Are you going to post it on your blog? Submit it to a contest or magazine? Add it to your own anthology ebook? Keep it to yourself?

In conclusion…

See? I told you, it’s just like writing a novel. Only shorter. There’s still a lot of details to plan out and think about though.

OR

You can just sit down and start writing and see where the story and your characters take you. It’s that simple and that hard.

How do you typically go about writing your short stories? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

9 thoughts on “The Short Story Process

  1. You’re not a mind reader haha!
    Yeah short stories can be quite easy to write. The best is to always leave it on a cliff-hanger or some moral point. The hardest part for me is containing the idea into the given word count. Which means editing… sometimes a lot!

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