Saturday, September 17, 2022

Short Story Benefits


Short Story Benefits by Deborah Lyn Stanley

Writing short stories is a great way to build skills and enrich our writing practice. Many writers use short story writing to develop a strong style and voice.

Free writing is a useful method for starting. Use prompts if you prefer. Anticipate that you will hit a kernel you can develop; go on with it and choose an inspiring image that relates. Paste the image to the top corner of your first page as a thumbnail. It will help you focus and to ignite your story.

Writers garner income from competition wins, and selling short stories to magazines. Competitions and Magazines expect short stories to be fiction. If you have a personal experience you want to use, fictionalize it.

Story starters or prompts work your imagination. You can use images, nouns from your life’s journey, nouns from the dictionary, or historical events; ex. While traveling to a new job, in a new town, he gets lost in unknown territory—a forest or desert, etc.

Now Write! Add structure, characters, descriptions, setting, dialogue to your story. You might select your characters based upon people you know. Describe interesting traits, habits, and looks---but mix it up so they are fresh characters. Stories are expected to have a crisis, a defining moment, that changes a character’s life or perspective forever. Build it.
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Stories love structure!
The links below help empower your storytelling adventure!

Mia Botha, Writers Write

How to Write a Short Story That Captivates Your Reader, Jerry Jenkins

And my review:
How To Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career by James Scott Bell,
a Book Review

Each chapter of this book broadens our knowledge and paints an exciting picture for growth through short story writing. Its focus is crafting stories, fundamentally strong; flash fiction, short stories, or book length. It includes samples of five short stories to emphasize key points of structure that identify and analyze the strength of each story. Best of all, the book encourages writing short stories; it will improve our writing.
The author’s intent is to strengthen writers for a lasting career of productivity and publication. I used the book to learn the keys to story structure and to help me develop viable story ideas.

I recommend this helpful, instructive book to enhance our writer’s journey.

Deborah Lyn Stanley is an author of Non-Fiction. She writes articles, essays and stories.
She is passionate about caring for the mentally impaired through creative arts.
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Karen Cioffi said...

Deborah, thanks for sharing this. Many authors don't realize that they can get writing credits and even money from writing short stories.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

I always love your book recommendations, Deborah Lynn. The first book I ever read on short stories was Gardner. It was recommend by the instructor of a class I took on the subject...a very long time ago! (-: It's time for another one. I always say, reading one book on anything to do with writing is never enough! (-:
I use the skills I learned to write a whole book of "stories" based on family stories so I think of short stories as a kind of aid to writing memoirs, too.
Very best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Terry Whalin said...

Deborah Lyn,

Thank you for this article encouraging writers to publish short stories. I've not written full length fiction but I have published a number of short stories. It's wonderful place to develop skill, get paid and boost your writing credits.

author of Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success (Revised Edition)

Linda Wilson said...

Deborah, this is a terrific post reminding us that books aren't the only thing we can write! Thanks for the post, Linda

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