How to write a good short story – in simple terms for beginners

What does it take to make a brilliant short story? A lot depends on your taste in writing, and/or the taste in reading of your audience if it is already established. And there are many types of short story – almost as many different types as there are genres in full-length books.

How to write a good short story, in simple but effective terns

However as you would expect, a short story is rather different from a full length book, and different from an essay, too.

Writing a short story is like taking a snapshot

Whether you’re writing about something that actually has happened to you – or, you’re making up a fictional story – you have little time for anything but the key points.

It’s hard to know just how much description to include (where the story takes place, what the characters do and look like, the time of year, etc.) And you have no time for any “back story” to introduce readers to the action.

Write a skeleton plan

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Before I Was A Mom – Writing From The Heart

In this new series, “writing from the heart,” we look at writing that connects us with emotions and feelings and shares those through words, in a way that no other form of communication can.

We start with this lovely piece about being a mother, sent to me by my cousin Alyson from Ottawa, Canada. The original author is unknown.

Before I Was A Mom

poem about being a Mom

Before I was a Mom I had never been puked on, pooped on, spat on, chewed on, peed on.

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“How can I become an author?” How we can help…

This question is a lot harder to answer than it is to ask! However here is what I wrote in response to Amelia, who posted on the HTWB Facebook page asking “how can I become an author?”

What additional advice on becoming an author can we give her?

Agony Columns on How To Write BetterPlease share in the comments…and I will delete any that are facetious or rude! Here we go…

Hi Amelia,

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Writing about yourself: why you need to color yourself in

This clever tip and accompanying story were shared recently by the amazing Tsufit, author of an excellent book which I can personally recommend, called “Step Into The Spotlight: a guide to getting noticed.”

We came up with a whole tomato analogy for speakers, how some are still seedlings, some are still green, some are ripe and plump and juicy and ready for market and others are just plain rotten!

We came up with a whole tomato analogy for speakers, how some are still seedlings, some are still green, some are ripe and plump and juicy and ready for market and others are just plain rotten!

Here she is…

Ever wonder why the telephone companies use frogs and dimes and beavers and geckos in their ads? Why? Because you can’t SEE phone service.

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Your chance to write a horror story and get it published

Have you got a gruesome short horror story waiting, unpublished, in a drawer? Even the idea for a truly skin-crawling story, but no incentive to write it up yet? Here’s your chance to get that story published and your name out there as a horror writer…

UPDATE: submissions for this book has now reached the closing date 🙁 (This is as at June 9th, 2017) BUT, don’t despair; keep writing your stories, and keep your eye on Corona Books. There may well be the opportunity for a Volume Two one day. Whatever you do, don’t give up your hopes, or your talent.)

get your horror story publlished via HTWB

No, this is NOT another horror-able publishing scam

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How a life coach builds trust by writing

How writing helps this life coach establish trust with his target audience. There is a lesson for most of us to learn here, so please welcome Johnny Limpus, UK-based life coach who describes himself as “the life coach for people who don’t like life coaches.” Read on and find out why, and how he overcomes that barrier to secure loyal and fulfilled clients…

HTWB life coach writes to gain trust

The way forward for a life coach: write, don’t just talk?

How to create more trust (and clients) through writing

I think that trust is a funny thing in business. When you have it, you can move very quickly, and when you don’t, you can get stuck. [Read more…]

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