By: Jimmie Kepler
I am a "second-rate" short story writer.
Why would I say that? "Exhibit A" shows the answer. It is a certificate documenting my second-place finish in the short story writing contest of the East Texas Christian Writer's Conference. I have never won a short story competition, but have finished in second place.
I have written and even sold short stories. Over the years, I have entered short story contests. I am still seeking that elusive "first place" in a short story contest.
In my quest to win a contest, I have become a student of the short story form. Here is what I call "One Great Way to Write a Short Story." It begins with planning.
PLANNING IS ESSENTIAL
I would never start writing a short story without at least a rough outline to tell me where I am going. I recommend jotting down the answers to a few questions. The answers provide the framework for where the story is going.
The first step in writing a short story is a planning exercise. Plan your short story in advance by answering questions in three areas:
- The subject – Who is the main character? What is the problem?
- The story –What is the character’s motivation to solve the problem? What actions occur to solve the problem?
- The resolution – What are results of the character’s acts to resolve the problem? What change does the character undertake because of that action?
HOW I DO IT – STEP BY STEP
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