‘How to Write Better Short Stories’


‘Short stories last for just a few pages. If masterfully written, these brief tales are as powerful as novels. They have the same key elements as full-length stories. But developing these common elements is a challenge for short story writers, who don’t have many pages to develop them. In a few lines, they must introduce the characters, describe the setting, set up the central conflict, advance the plot, and communicate the theme.

Is it possible to incorporate all these elements into a short story? O. Henry, Munro Leaf, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edgar Allan Poe, and dozens of other authors prove that it is. Can you meet the challenge? If you follow these tips, you may significantly improve your writing abilities.


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