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Creative Writing Notes-Short Fiction Story

by: Adriana Proctor

Creative Writing Notes-Short Fiction Story ENG-240-101

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This is the note set that was covered when learning how to write a short story in the genre of fiction as well as tips and the assignment given.
Creative Writing
Doctor Earls
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Creative writing, The Creative Process, shortstory, Fiction, plotmountain
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Date Created: 09/30/16
Creative Writing Notes Week 3-6 How to write a Short Story What is a short story? A short story is many things, but a short term is that it is a prose that is significantly shorter than a novel that can be read in one sitting. When it comes to the famous fiction version of such stories, they can range from 1,000-2,000 words. Since it is so short, it usually focuses on one plot, a main character(as well as a few minor ones), and a central theme, whereas a novel has many more of these options. These can also be known as the elements of a story! What are these elements in a short story that I learned about in class? Excellent question! As there are va​rious elements to a short story, there are a few that ​always have to be included in any given story. Below are the elements as well as what they do for a short story, as well as some examples to help. 1. Character-​The character is the person, object, or animal that takes part in the actions of a short story or piece of work being created. The main character is the prime focus of such stories, unless you are working on a novel that consists of multiple prominent characters that lead the story. 2. Setting-​The setting of a short story is the time/place in which it happens. Writers use various descriptions of landscape, scenery, buildings, seasons, etc. to provide a sense as to where a particular character is at. 3. Conflict-​This is the struggle between two characters or beings in any given story. The main character is usually in the central conflict. There is always a conflict in a story, between anything. 4. Plot-​ A plot is a series of events and character actions that relate to the conflict. 5. Theme-​The theme is the central idea and/or belief in a story. It may not be obvious in the beginning, but over time as it is either read or created, it begins to materialize. Mythology is a great example of stories that have a given theme/lesson. How do I write a short story? Writing a short story, as said previously, is a different ballgame than writing a novel in different ways: There is little to no space to develop characters, less room for long dialogue, and there’s a greater emphasis for a twist in it. Below are some steps to keep in mind when writing a story: ● Use plot mountain, it will save you a load of trouble. ● Come up with a fascinating scenario. ● Find the story’s focus before putting pen to paper or fingers to keys. ● Outline character and setting details(again, character charts, or any chart is a saver). ● Come up with a point of view when writing the story(first person, third person, omniscient, etc.) ● Make the first paragraph strong with a hook that will keep readers wanting to keep reading. ● PLOT MOUNTAIN ● Write and rewrite again for clarity, structure, and errors. ● Get others perspectives on it and take advice(not all advice is necessary, it is just helpful) ● Change what ​you ​feel is needed; it is your story, not theirs. ● Pick a story title and send to short story publishers. Assignment Write a fictional story with a bizarre/improbable/ironic ending, while considering movies and/or stories that you have read through your life in which this strategy was used. Use sensory details and descriptions to bring this story to life for both you and your readers. The draft should be around 2-5 pages in length, and follow the instructor's requests for formatting as well as any additional requests. And please, by all means, have fun!


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