5 Tips For Better Short-Stories — Part-I

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In many ways, short stories can be a scary thought for beginning writers. A non-writer may equate shorter with easier, but for a writer… How in the world do I fit a story into a neatly packaged bundle, with no-less than 2,500 and no more than 7,300 words?!

“It can’t be done!” was my reaction for quite a while. It took me a long time to even try because I believed failure was inevitable. But once I actually forced myself to try, I discovered it’s really a lot less intimidating than it seems! I’ve now been writing short-stories for a number of years, and today I am going to share the first two of five helpful tips that I have discovered along the way.

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3 WAYS TO FREE YOURSELF FROM DISTRACTING WRITING HABITS:

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In many ways, this is a follow up on my last post about editing prematurely.

I am writing this on a windows notepad… Why? Because it’s fast, easy, simple, and above all: it doesn’t allow any type of formatting. You see, that’s a big problem for me… I format, rather than write. When I hit a road block I start playing around with font, type-size, spelling, and other formatting tools… almost without even thinking about it.

My brain stops trying to come up with more content, and shifts to making what I’ve already written look good.  That’s fine and dandy of course, as long as it’s done in the proper order. As I touched on in my last post: Plain and simple, editing should not be done before the content is out of your head. While I explained WHAT I do in my last post, now here are a few ways I try to avoid, or at least counteract this troublesome habit.

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MY ADVENTURE BEGINS

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Bilbo Baggins, in the “Fellowship Of The Ring”, stated .

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door… You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.”

 Its been my opinion for some time that the same exact thing could be said on the subject of writing. Its a dangerous business indeed to open one’s door and pen the opening words of a grand adventure. Though it’s also my opinion that some of the greatest novels ever penned have been done so by men that didn’t keep their feet and were thus swept away by the grandours of story.

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