And they need to learn the difference between imitating their favorite writers and emulating their best techniques.
Mastering even a few of the elements of fiction while learning the craft will prove to be quick wins for you as you gain momentum as a writer.
Like a novel, a good short story will thrill and entertain your reader.
With some brainstorming, drafting, and polishing, you can learn how to write a successful short story in no time.
That should spur you to try one of your own while continuing to read dozens more.
Remember, you won’t likely start with something sensational, but what you’ve learned through your reading—as well as what you’ll learn from your own writing—should give you confidence. The most effective short stories evoke deep emotions in the reader. The same things that probably move you: It should go without saying that there’s a drastic difference between a 450-page, 100,000-word novel and a 10-page, 2000-word short story.
He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
If you find these things knotty in a short story, imagine how profound they would be in a book-length tale.
I don’t mean to imply that learning how to write a short story is easier than learning —only that as a neophyte you might find the process more manageable in smaller bites. Don’t make the mistake of referring to short nonfiction articles as short stories.
In the publishing world, Is there really a market for a short story of 5,000 words (roughly 20 double-spaced manuscript pages)?