The Short Story Process


Check out this great post from Rachel Poli’s blog on the short story process.

Rachel Poli

How do you go about writing a short story?

Well, it’s similar to writing a novel. Or a novella. Or flash fiction.

Well, maybe not quite like flash fiction, but the effort is there!

The Short Story Writing ProcessStep 1. Think of an idea

Easier said than done, I know. But I’m not a mind reader, so you’re own your own for that one.

Step 2. Figure out the story’s focus or theme

Is there going to be a moral lesson at the end? Is it just to give the readers deep feels? Is it based off of something that happened to you in real life?

Step 3. Figure out the basics

  • Overall plot
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Point of view

Step 4. Start writing

Another one that’s easier said that done, but… that’s what editing is for.

Step 5. Edit

Because you know the first draft is going to be terrible.

Step 6. Now what?

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