“For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”
You just read the shortest story ever written. (Kudos to Ernest Hemingway)
We know you love being an author. Short stories can help kickstart your journey.
Short stories come packed with loads of benefits. Mainly, it frees you off your shackles and gives you exposure to writing.
A lot of platforms these days, encourage short stories. So, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Hey! It also has one thing common for both the reader and the writer.
Wondering what it is? Read on to know more.
Let’s get our short story out of the box for you. In this, we’ll see how to write one and get it published
Set Up Your Stage, Oh Story Teller
Finding Your Stories
Dig in. Dig into yourself for some simple ideas. Simple ideas make short stories fun. Simple ideas. Simple setting. That’s what makes a short story.
Think of convos from your own life. Cook a narrative. A notepad is your best pal. In fact, a lot of writers carry it you know.
Psst! The guy next to you... What’s he talking about? Eavesdrop and note it down. Use these for your inspiration.
Real-life incidents repurposed can bring in a lot of interest in the readers.
Opening Your Short Story
Get your reader curious. Start off from something small. Something in between. Paint an emotion.
“Jackson ran for his life.”
Stop there! Pause! What does that line make you feel? Who’s Jackson? Why is he running?
The curious case of running Jackson, isn’t it?
Just that one sentence demands a lot of context. Choose a context you want to build for the reader.
Breathe Life into Your Characters
Stories need structure. Whether it’s a novel or a novella. Short stories require it too. They are stories nevertheless.
A novel has a backstory, plot, beginning, and end. Short Stories are short (duh!). Add life to your characters and your characters help you build the structure.
Stay back from backstories. Let your character enact and show it. As the adage goes, ‘Show it, don’t tell it’ Too many characters can be fuzzy. Work with just two or three characters.
Work Your Way Backwards
Type out your rough draft. Now work backward. Start from the climax. It helps both you and the reader. How?
You get the right direction to build the right tension. The tension keeps the reader wanting to keep reading.
The release of the tension hits straight to the reader at the climax. It’s a 20-minute cathartic ride. You win all the attention of your reader.
Your reader Sees! Hears! Tastes!
Involve the senses of the reader. This is true for all stories, more so for short ones. Synaesthesia adds more perspective and grabs hold of the reader’s attention.
Use onomatopoeic words. Words that spell out sounds, like in comics. Grruusshh! For instance.
Rhythms and literary devices could be your great friends. Check this out
“Once upon a midnight dreary
While I pondered weak and weary”
‘Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe
Practice the Right Masters
Poe is one such master. Buy an anthology of short stories.
Read up Hemingway, Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut. You know great art is improvised.
Transcribing their stories. It helps you think about them. Once you get a hang of it, improvise.
All Great Art is Improvised
Getting Your Work Published
Trying Your Hand at Competitions
Write and submit stories at competitions. There is a lot these days.
Keep a few things in mind though. Understand the requirements of the competition clearly. Stick to the deadline and start working towards it.
The aim here is to write, not win. Get the feel of it. You’ll thank yourself if you’re a beginner.
Lit Magz to the Rescue
Literary Magazines also encourage short stories.
Charles Dickens became well known after he continuously published his stories in series for a magazine.
You could do that too. Literary magazines not only encourage full-fledged literary works but also encourage short stories.
Blog Blog Blog Your Way
Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes is brilliant for many things. Watson with a blog is one of them.
Blogs are great to publish short stories. Medium can be your best blog platform for short stories.
So, what’s the other advantage of having a blog? Well, you will have the collection of all your short stories in a place.
You’d have written an anthology for yourself. Speaking of which, you could also work with other writers for your anthology.
Getting it Self-Published
Self-Publishers also help you get your short stories published. Amazon is one of the go-to platforms for self-publishing.
Being self-publishers ourselves, we help you publish your short stories in no time.
We also upload the work on our website, convert your short stories into an e-book, and also post your work on Amazon. What’s more? On every sale you earn royalties.
The Climax of the Story
Short stories can be great if you’re starting out as a writer. You’ll learn to think crisp and clear. It can be your ice breaker.
It forces you to think in specifics. It helps you get comfortable with writing.
Oh, wait! Do you have a collection of short stories ready? Are you looking out for publishers? We’d be happy to help you out. You could check out our packages here.