I’ve had several questions this week from authors who want to write short stories. I created this simple infographic from the tips in the article: Writing Kindle Fiction: Make Money With Short Stories. If you hew to that basic plot outline, you’ll be able to write satisfying stories quickly.
And if you get stuck…
Here’s a writing process anyone can use.
Here’s my basic process, simply described. It will change your writing life:
1. Start With a Blurb.
Perhaps you’ve made this nasty error as I have: you didn’t read something carefully enough. You simply assumed. And you made a horrible mistake. Once I almost signed a book contract before I realized that the sneaky publisher had included a clause which assigned the copyright in the book to the publisher. That was a close call.
I mention revision in the above article. Most of your challenges when revising your short stories will be eliminated if you focus on motivation.
Revising Fiction: Motivation Is Everything, I said:
Motivation Makes Revision Much Easier.
In real life, you want something just because you want it. In fiction, you’re motivated to want something because_______ (fill in the blank.)
When I’m helping students with revision, everything becomes simpler once they fix on a motivation for each of their characters. A character comes alive. He or she starts to make sense. You can rapidly weed out paragraphs and entire scenes, because they’re no longer necessary.
OK… now go ahead and write — and publish — your short stories with confidence. 🙂
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