It’s coming up on that time of the year again. The National November Writing Month presents a challenge to every writer, professional or hobbyist, to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. Some writers take longer than a month for their planning, not to mention writing their novel. Yet, the purpose behind the challenge is clear; to give you a reason to write and finish a novel, not to perfect a story.
With the first day fast approaching, here is some pro advice on preparing for the NaNoWriMo!
Great practice for any writer is to take a break from full novels and write some short stories. To dabble with ideas that they considered, but weren’t sure how to work them into a full novel. Yet, whether you are scaling a mountain or a hill, there are always challenges. Challenges which stunt your writing process, leaving you with the question; how do I write a good short story?
Here are my top tips for writing short stories!
There are many writing tools at our disposal. From the characters we create to the perspective we write in, there are many ways we can tell an interesting story. The best way to truly appreciate something is to take it away, so I have devised a challenge for your writing which limits you with each level. If you think you’re up for the challenge, here it is summarised!
Conflict, the foundation of great development, has always been a topic of discussion. Many have come to believe that good development, both character and story, is merely a rising sequence of events that lead to the progression of a character’s personality and the story. Yet, that all stems from conflict. People do things wrong before they do them right, which leads to problems, which leads to a lesson being learnt.
Conflict, here’s how to write it and well!
Telling a terrifying tale presents its own set of challenges. You are charged to evoke fear of readers, who are notorious for expecting just about everything with their infernal imagination. You need to use unpredictability, believability and subversion of expectations not to make them laugh, but to make them shudder. To make a spike of a fear jolt through their spines with the story you have to tell them.
Here’s how you make them tremble like a leaf!
Be sure to follow!