Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers. Jerz > Writing > Creative > How to Write a Short Story (Dennis Jerz and Kathy Kennedy) Writing short stories (and grabbing the reader in the opening scene of a novel) means beginning as close to the action as possible.
A good short story starts as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. Conserve characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict. Drive towards a sudden, unexpected revelation. Contents 1. Eager to get started on your National Novel Writing Month project? What does your protagonist want? Drawing on real-life experiences, such as winning the big game, bouncing back after an illness or injury, or dealing with the death of a loved one, are attractive choices for students who are looking for a “personal essay” topic. For those of you who are looking for more long-term writing strategies, here are some additional ideas. Keep a notebook. Read, Read, Read Read a LOT of Chekhov. 2. 3. Appearance. 4. First Person. Yourke on point of view: 5. Analysis Question Slideshow. Www.scc.losrios.edu/Documents/catalog/programs/LIBERALARTS.pdf.