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!
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
- 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?
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.
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!