Different Ways to Write a Short Story


I am a storyteller, I am intensely in love with this genre. I write short stories, flash fiction as well as micro fiction. I have published a book of flash fiction. “People’s War in Nepal: Songs and Narratives From the Frontline” is available on Amazon. I have also published many stories online.

Short story is a prose narrative, which has the elements of a novel but is shorter in length. Short story is fairly new literary genre compared to poetry, drama, essay and novel. Short story gave birth to numerous sub genres such as flash fiction (sometimes also called short-short story) and micro-fiction. A short story can be anywhere between 1000 words to 20000 words. A story that is between 500 words to 1000 words is a flash fiction, and a story with less than 500 words is a micro fiction.

Rise of newspapers and magazines is credited with the evolution of short story genre. When a fictional piece with the elements of novel began appearing on newspapers and magazines, it was called short story. Short story was written to suit the space of newspapers and magazines, and cater the needs of readers of magazines and newspapers.

Today, short story is very popular genre. Maupassant, O Henry, Hemingway are some of the best short story writers the world has ever seen.

Short story is also my favorite genre. By favorite, I mean I love to read as well as write short story. I have a short story manuscript, which I will be publishing in the near future. I have also published an anthology of flash fiction. As a published author, I am sharing some tips on story writing.

There are numerous ways to write a story, for instance:

  • Character sketch
  • Dialogues
  • Story telling

Character sketch: A short story can be an exploration of a character. In this type of short, you will find life and living of a character or many characters.

Dialogues: Dialogue is very important element of fiction. However, a short story can be written entirely in dialogues, or at least major portion of the short story can be dialogues.

Story telling: A short story can be a narrative that descries incidents and chances happenings.

Note: A short story can also be a mixture of aforementioned techniques.

Some of the elements of short stories are:

Characters: short story has one or more than one character

Setting and atmosphere: a short story takes place in a certain environment

Story: there are incidents and happenings

Dialogues: characters talk

Narrative: The writer tells what is happening

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    Kyla Matton Osborne

    I knew that many novels used to be published serially in newspapers and magazines before becoming available in a single volume. But I never really associated newspapers with the creation of the short story genre. I learned something new from you today!

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      Vinaya Post author

      Short stories were published in newspaper before Serializing novels started.

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      Vinaya Post author

      I am just reiterating what I learned in my creative writing program

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