Are you a good short story writer?

Stories are made up of people, places, and events… Putting them all together is not always easy if you do not follow some basic steps. First, let INSPIRATION come, choose an IDEA you like and…

  • SET your story in a place and time
  • BUILD your CHARACTERS slowly. Don’t give all information at once.
  • PLAN your story. Make sure you have at least 4 paragraphs:

– Paragraph 1 – SETTING, i.e. background information (when, where,…)

– Paragraphs 2 and 3 – PLOT, i.e. the main part of the story.

– Paragraph 4 – CLIMAX/key moment of the story OR what happened after the climax.

  • Give your story a TITLE.
  • PROOFREAD your story to correct mistakes.

When writing a short story, LANGUAGE is very important:

  • Use past continuous for background information. For example – It was raining heavily as we left the house….
  • Use past perfect before the main events of the story. but Anne had kindly lent me her umbrella.
  • Use simple past for the main events. There wasn’t a single person on the street.
  • Try to add some dialogue to make your story more vivid.

Include some of the following phrases to highlight the different parts of your plot and to help your reader follow the storyline:

Time phrases:

  • It all began…
  • Shortly afterwards,
  • Meanwhile,
  • Not long afterwards,
  • Some time later,
  • Later that day,
  • A little later,
  • Finally,
  • In the end,
  • Eventually,
Phrases for dramatic effect:

  • Suddenly,
  • All of a sudden,
  • Without warning,
  • Out of the blue,
  • Just at that moment,
  • Quite unexpectedly,
  • As if from nowhere,
Direct speech:

  • “…..”, said Fred
  • “..…”, shouted Fred
  • “…..”, whispered Fred
  • ”…..”, thought Fred
  • “..…”, cried Fred
  • “..…”, promised Fred

Concluding stories:

  • When it was all over,
  • Looking back now,
  • In retrospect,
  • In the end,
  • After all that had happened,
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