I want to be a published novelist. I’ve been working toward this goal for decades.
But I’ve decided to modify my long-form strategy and work on short stories as well.
- Because the skill and discipline of writing a complete story in as few words as necessary will carry over to the writing of a more complex story.
- Because it takes less time to write a few short stories than to write one novel.
- Because authors who get stories published in literary journals have a track record to show to agents and publishers.
I’m going through my links to online resources and compiling the best information I can find into a single document, and I thought maybe you could also use a handy list of excellent articles about the art of the short story:
- Read lots of short stories. Contest winners are good examples.
- Write one story a week.
- Follow these seven steps.
- Or, use these seven steps from start to finish.
- Nine steps.
- Ten steps.
- How to end your short story.
- How to edit your short story.
- Ten ways to improve your story.
- How to find markets for your short stories.
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