Bricks and Blocks of writing good Short Stories…
We just don’t want to write stories.
We want to write stories that readers loves to read.
We want to write a story that has inspired us. We want to write a story that has intrigued us. We want to write stories that have influenced us. We want to write stories that have affected us. We want to write stories that readers can relate and stories that resonates with readers.
We want to write stories that are romantic but may not be realistic.
We want to write stories that are mythological and that are also mysterious. We may write stories that question the status-quo and that reader would like to quote. We may write stories that answer the philosophical questions.
Readers love to read stories of interesting people, happening places, uncommon preferences and their day today life, their culture and their perspective on life and living. As a storyteller we resort to our experiences to get the meat of the story and these experiences come from meeting people, visiting places and building our choices and creating our alternatives in dealing and handling problems.
All stories have a root in the reality though it gets rooted in our imagination.
We meet a person and as we start talking to him, his behaviors, his gestures, his attires, his style, and his eccentrics get subconsciously registered in our mind. The stories we write gets the impression of character we have met in our real life, characters that have changed our thinking, and characters that made us to live better and brighter.
We have to travel. We have to travel to different places. We have to do different things. We have to do things differently. These are essential ingredients to prepare a right recipe for cooking a good story. The taste matters. The taste comes with peppering of nuggets of wild to wise thoughts. We have to know how to live our life.
“Live with joy.”
“Live with fun.”
“Live with experimentation.”
“Live with exploration.”
We have to keep observing things around us. The various lenses we wear and we need to keep changing the lens from place to place and from scene to scene to get a closer view to a wide angle shot. The beautiful stories are all around us. We keep experiencing the stories. We have to keep capturing those moments and make those wonderful moments a part of our story.
“A story that is original.”
“A story that is authentic.”
The more we make our own experience integral to our stories, the more the stories get relatable and relevant to the readers. They are also from the same world as the writer’s live and they also keep seeing and feeling those moments but they may not have the time and the thoughts organized into stories. A reader loves to read that he can relate and that she has seen and that they have felt.
Reading is also about connection.
Reading is also about conversation.
Good short stories combine the connection and build the conversations.
Every one of us has story to tell. Each one of us has some experience, each of these experiences is unique and it is only about weaving those emotions and feelings in right perspective though proper usage of words and playing with words is not everybody’s cup of tea, it needs the right tea taster to stitch the thoughts into beautiful words that forms sentences and builds into paragraphs that is just not grammatically correct but gracefully flows.
When we write the story, write it first and then live it.
“The breathe matters…”
Unless we live the life of a character and the places we have created, the plots we have developed at least in our imagination we may not know the imperfections and the intricacies that the character is left out while crafting the characteristics which may not go well with the reader. Yes, the reader loves the character who are imperfect and who have the flaws like them but we should know those imperfections well in advance not that the reader discovers it and we as writer are taken off guard. As a storyteller we should know how to safeguard our boundaries of imagination while breaking the barriers and build our linkages in the wild world and create our structure for stories that stands out and stands tall.
There are questions that any storyteller needs to answer but before one can answer it is so important to know the right set of questions. The better we know the range of questions and the deeper we can delve deep in answering these critical questions to create a story that leaves a mark in the minds of reader.
Here are the bricks and block;
Why to write short story?
- Quickly one can tell one’s own story
- Explore the art of writing
- Easy to get the work published
- Great writer’s have started with stories
How to start short story?
- Play with patterns
- Create a scene
- Introduce a character
- Use a metaphor
- Portrait an imagery
- Build a setting
What are the elements of short story?
What are the aspects of short story?
How to craft our short story?
- The Problem
- The Resolution
- The Beginning
- The Climax
- The End
What are the secrets of writing a short story?
- One Sentence Summary
- Story then Short Story
- Struggle of Character
- Lowest Point in Story
- Fabric of the Story
- Environment of Stimuli
How to plan the plot in a short story?
- Rags to Riches
- Overcoming the Evil
- Voyage & Return
- The Quest
I have always been inspired by stories from the greatest storytellers from Oscar Wilde to Ernest Hemingway to Franz Kafka to Gabriel Garcia to Vladimir Nabokov to Nikolai Gogol…the list goes on but the fascination for reading such fantastic stories keeps following me.
“We all are storytellers.”
We have our tale to tell.
We all have our signature…the signature story.
Every PICTURE has a story to tell.
I would love to hear your side of stories, and the stories that have inspired you and stories that have left their indelible mark and stories that have remained untold for reasons not know and stories that need to be told to the world that are both bold and beautiful…few lines from your creative armory that can best describe the “PICTURE” above…