Writing an Effective Short Story 5 Tips for Writing Your Story.

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  • Writing an Effective Short Story 5 Tips for Writing Your Story
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  • 1. Have a clear theme. What is the underlying message or statement behind the words? This will leave more meaning in the minds of your readers.
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  • 2. Cover a short time span. It may be one single event that proves pivotal in the life of the character, and that event will illustrate the theme.
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  • 3. Dont have too many characters. Each new character will bring a new element to the story, and for a short story too many different dimensions (or directions) will water down the theme. Use only enough characters to effectively illustrate the theme.
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  • 3. Know the character you do have. To help with the effectiveness of your writing, be sure to know your character as a whole person. The character interview sheet can help.
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  • 4. Make every word count. There is no room for unnecessary extension in a short story. If a word is not working towards getting across the theme and moving the story along, delete it. A longer story is not necessarily better!
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  • 5. Focus Your storys point is its theme. It's tempting to digress, but in a 'short' story you have to follow the straight and narrow.
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  • FOCUS! If you do not have focus, you end up with either the beginning of a novel or a group of ideas that dont add up to a meaningful story.
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  • FOCUS The best stories are the ones that follow a narrow subject line.
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  • Short Story Writing Tips 1. Have a clear theme. 2. Cover a short time span. 3. Dont have too many characters. 4. Make every word count. 5. FOCUS!
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  • One more thing No cliff hanger endings No It was just a dream endings