Post Reply Can't write a short story for some weird reason
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I can't seem to write a short story. If I write one, I'll be making it into a novel. How do I stop myself from going into a novel type story when I am suppose to make a short story? Like I want to write novel and short stories aren't my thing. But I would like to practice my writing skills by writing something shorter. But I can not do it. I also think of plots that are normally for novels instead of short stories. Got any tips and advice for me. Because I want to write a short story but I don't understand how to stop.


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Always have your short story outlined. Decide the characters, setting, and conflict, then come up with some basic events that happen from the Status Quo of the world all through the resolution.

If it helps you, make a list:

1.) Characters
Appius - General/Centurion
Gaius - Optione
Lucius - Optione
Marius - Appius' slave
2.) Setting
Antioch
3.) Conflict
Appius, a general in the Roman army, is killed. The two present at the death were Gaius and Lucius, each disciples of the late general. They both believe the other poisoned their beloved officer, and so set out to prove the guilt of each other.
4.) Resolution
Turns out Marius killed Appius, but pitted Gaius and Lucius against each other so that he could claim his freedom


From there, just fluff it out. Focus on keeping proper style: Dialogue, actions by characters (and keep them consistent), and motives

Also, keep the story driving. Do not linger on silly points that don't affect the story in any way. Example:

He [Gaius] had been in the care of Appius since the age of 12. He wore a blue tunic upon meeting the Centurion. Appius raised and nurtured Gaius into the fine warrior he became, and celebrated his recruitment into the Legion.

The crap about the blue tunic is useless.


Anyway, hope this helped :D
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Lord_Jordan wrote:

Always have your short story outlined. Decide the characters, setting, and conflict, then come up with some basic events that happen from the Status Quo of the world all through the resolution.

If it helps you, make a list:

1.) Characters
Appius - General/Centurion
Gaius - Optione
Lucius - Optione
Marius - Appius' slave
2.) Setting
Antioch
3.) Conflict
Appius, a general in the Roman army, is killed. The two present at the death were Gaius and Lucius, each disciples of the late general. They both believe the other poisoned their beloved officer, and so set out to prove the guilt of each other.
4.) Resolution
Turns out Marius killed Appius, but pitted Gaius and Lucius against each other so that he could claim his freedom


From there, just fluff it out. Focus on keeping proper style: Dialogue, actions by characters (and keep them consistent), and motives

Also, keep the story driving. Do not linger on silly points that don't affect the story in any way. Example:

He [Gaius] had been in the care of Appius since the age of 12. He wore a blue tunic upon meeting the Centurion. Appius raised and nurtured Gaius into the fine warrior he became, and celebrated his recruitment into the Legion.

The crap about the blue tunic is useless.


Anyway, hope this helped :D



Thank you.
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As it is said, "brevity is the soul of wit".

Something that may help is to find inspiration from people who were effective with brevity. One such example would be Laconism, which was a trait that people living in a Spartan region named Laconia shared. They are essentially short, blunt, witty sayings that get a message across as briefly as possible. An example for you:

After invading southern Greece and receiving the submission of other key city-states, Philip II of Macedon sent a message to Sparta: "If I invade Laconia you will be destroyed, never to rise again." The Spartan ephors replied with a single word: "If". Subsequently, neither Philip nor his son Alexander the Great attempted to capture the city. Philip is also recorded as approaching Sparta on another occasion and asking whether he should come as friend or foe; the reply was "Neither".

Also, you can practice this trait by reading and writing haiku. Being forced to fit within 17 syllables will help you begin to think about communication differently.

Hope I've been of help.
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exgnosis wrote:

As it is said, "brevity is the soul of wit".

Something that may help is to find inspiration from people who were effective with brevity. One such example would be Laconism, which was a trait that people living in a Spartan region named Laconia shared. They are essentially short, blunt, witty sayings that get a message across as briefly as possible. An example for you:

After invading southern Greece and receiving the submission of other key city-states, Philip II of Macedon sent a message to Sparta: "If I invade Laconia you will be destroyed, never to rise again." The Spartan ephors replied with a single word: "If". Subsequently, neither Philip nor his son Alexander the Great attempted to capture the city. Philip is also recorded as approaching Sparta on another occasion and asking whether he should come as friend or foe; the reply was "Neither".

Also, you can practice this trait by reading and writing haiku. Being forced to fit within 17 syllables will help you begin to think about communication differently.

Hope I've been of help.


Never written a haiku before. And I haven't written poems in a while. Other than that thank you.
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What should I do?
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Know the beginning and end before you start. I think thats pretty good advice for all writing, but if you have a problem keeping a short story short, make your end close to your beginning and start from there.

Also, certain types of stories make for better short stories than others. Probably not a great idea to write a sci-fi epic or a medieval political thriller as a short story. Make sure you are writing things that are manageable and confined in scope.
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sundin13 wrote:

Know the beginning and end before you start. I think thats pretty good advice for all writing, but if you have a problem keeping a short story short, make your end close to your beginning and start from there.

Also, certain types of stories make for better short stories than others. Probably not a great idea to write a sci-fi epic or a medieval political thriller as a short story. Make sure you are writing things that are manageable and confined in scope.


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