Start A Short Story

Skies Over A Shanty Town 

This thread turned into something more than I ever thought it could be. I ran with it and have enjoyed writing each instalment. I would encourage anybody who feels like they need an audience or just practice in their writing to start a short story and see where it leads. It’s a great way to grow your ideas and materialise your potential. Have fun with it and let your creative currents flow.

By starting a short story you will:

Learn your calling

The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson. You will suss these out along the way. Character traits, places, names, anything and everything. When you write freely, you will usually write what you care the most about. This is essential to know, if you want to write with purpose.

Identify your audience

You will start to identify your target market, or typical audience. You won’t get as many readers for short stories compared to poetry (if like me you started off publicly this way) by nature it is time consuming, but you will gain loyal ones. People that know and understand you, and your characters. Once they have invested in a story, they will want to know what happens next, they will want to support you. This also allows you to respond to their needs as a reader. From their responses get an idea of what makes them tick, the ways you make them feel what you want them to feel. With the words that you use and the way that you use them. Learn them how you would a best friend, or a partner so you can satisfy them.

Grow your style

Experiment with words, experiment with people and places but maintain your style. Each writer has one. Keep your personality and voice and let that be your constant. If you don’t know yours, try to identify it through your story. Once you have, be comfortable with yours. You can’t be everything to everyone, so develop your voice to the best of your ability and your story will do the rest for you :D

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  1. Great Story – so deep and details!

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  3. Living,Observing and Writing

    When i read this i think of shakespeare saying, ” Above all else, to thine self be true” and that is so true with writing. I love your quote, “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson.That really gives me motivation, not just to continue writing (which i recently got back into after a long haitus), but to write about what i truly want to write about. Thank you for this.

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    1. I’m happy that you found some inspiration from this! It was the soul purpose for why it was written :D
      Write, and keep you in your writing – then it will always be good :D

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  4. […] you are unsure about starting a short story or where to begin see the post I wrote a few weeks back Start a Short Story. If you have any questions feel free to ask me or reach me on […]

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