In October, I uploaded a blog about the benefits of writing short stories. This week, I wanted to share with you guys how I write short stories. Though I think most writers create short stories relatively the same way, I figured I could throw in my two cents on how I make them.
Let’s get started!
TO BEGIN, I open the story either shortly before or after the action. On rare occasion, I like to start in the middle of the action, usually before the end of everything. I know there are some writers who say never to do one of the three, but I disagree. Think about it, a short story needs to be short. Hence the name short story. Therefore, it would be best to open the story as close to the climax as possible. This doesn’t always mean that you should begin the story with your character staring down the barrel of a sawed off shotgun, unless it is necessary and makes sense.
FOR SCENE SKIPPING, I use a decorative line and keep writing. This, however, is limited to when I am writing a short story that is a little on the long side. For short stories, I like to keep things moving so that there is no need for time skips or breaks between scenes. Personally, if I can’t keep the story moving smoothly then I need to find a way that I can.
FOR POINT OF VIEW SWITCHING, I use a decorative line and I also jump forward in time if I find it suitable. For one short story, I used a point of view switch to carry the story onward and to give it more feeling as the story is finished off by another character. This is a great way to use scene skipping to move the story on smoothly.
WHEN ENDING THE STORY, I never really close my story. I leave it off on a note that allows me to pick up the story again if I decide to, thus allowing the reader’s mind to wander long after they finish the story. If the story requires an end, however, I tend to either kill off one of the main characters or end the scene on a note of finality (Or, at least, I hope I do). What I mean by that is I put an end to whatever matter I am writing about.
For instance, in one short story, I put an end to a matter but having character one prove that they truly love character two. Character two heads back into the forest to go home and character one follows behind them, In the mind of character one, I use the phrase ‘I love you and only you’ before ending the story. I put an end to matter at hand. The issue being: Does character one love character two? If so, how much?
That’s all I have for today’s blog post! I hope this was enjoyable and informative. ‘Til next time, keep writing!