The Short Story Series
- Why Write Short Stories?
- Why Read Short Stories?
- Short Story Categorization
- Revising Short Stories
- Submitting Short Stories
- Duotrope vs. Submission Grinder
This is the end of my short story series, at least for now. If you’re a writer who only writes long-form fiction, I’d like to try one more time to encourage you to at least give short story writing a try. I’m a firm believer that the more techniques and styles you have in your arsenal, the more they all inform each other and add depth to all your writing. Besides, short stories are fun to write and fun to read!
I wanted to wrap things up by pointing you to more short story writing resources. If you want to dig deeper, there are tons of articles. Here are a handful of the ones I’ve found useful.
For an introduction to some of the possibilities of short stories:
What is a Short Story? — Reedsy
For important elements of a short story:
How to Build a Short Story from the Ground Up — Chris the Story Reading Ape
For some advice on keeping your short story short:
How to Keep Your Short Story Short — Janice Hardy’s Fiction University
To avoid some common mistakes:
Common Mistakes in Short Story Writing — Chris the Story Reading Ape
To keep the reader interested:
Forget Hooks: How to Pull Readers Through a Short Story by Making Promises and Raising Questions — Janice Hardy’s Fiction University
For writing to a specific length and theme:
Gaining Readers Through Writing Short Stories — Life in the Realm of Fantasy
For an annotated description of the process that goes into a short story:
Writing the Short Story, Part 1: Experimenting — Life in the Realm of Fantasy
For advice on which markets to send your stories:
Submit or Surrender? A Tale of Three Publishers — Aeryn Rudel’s Rejectomancy
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Also, the Storytelling Collective is running a free online, asynchronous class on short story writing in September.
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Just to add a little more info, the description is “Short Story September is a month-long writing challenge to help writers draft, write, and submit a short story to a literary publication.” https://www.storytellingcollective.com/courses/short-story-september-2022
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