Thursday, April 12, 2007

How To Write A Short Story (Part 2)

Writing short stories can be very valuable to your writing career. Short stories are also a very quick way to put your feelings on paper. Starting to write short stories can be a tough project but the more you write the better you will get. In the next couple of weeks I will be submitting a 10 part series on how to write short stories. This will be the second edition on how to write short stories.

First Paragraph Has To Be The Catchy One

Everyone today is reading but there reading fast. We live in such a high paced environment that people who do read need to be caught in the first paragraph or else there gone to the next story. The first paragraph has to be unusual. What happens has to be unexpected and full of conflict and action right from the beginning. It is a short story and the beginning is always close to the end so there is no room for being lazy when it comes to short stories.

The Rest Of The Paragraph

You have to figure out where your character fits in with the conflict and you have to introduce the protagonist and give a hint into how he is going to make things difficult.

Put It Together

Now the two parts have to be put together. It is important that you at least understand a bit about fiction before making the two come together. It’s not so different from preparing your favorite meal. It makes a big difference in the meal if you put the wrong ingredients as compared to the right ones. Your story is no different than this. As long as you put the right amount of rules in the right place then your first paragraph will be a great paragraph.

This is the end of my second article on how to write a short story. I make these tips available because I think there is an author in everyone. Just because you write doesn’t mean you have to get paid for it. You should first and foremost write because you love it and everything will eventually fall into place.

Dale Mazurek

Dale is in the process of getting his first novel published. You can read some of his short stories at You can also check in on a couple of his interactive blogs at and


alyssa said...

I am 15 AND HOPE SOMEONE WILL WANT TO READ A BOOK I HAVE WRITTEN I AM trying to make my mom proud well step mom but i love her like a real one. I have a talent and that is to write usually id play guitar cause i love music but it seems id rather pick up a pen and write the play a guitar its called what a life and now i am sterting a new one thats somewhat related to my first one i hope someone would like to read it. My father says its way to advanced for my age cause there is lots of swears and other things but thats how i write whatever comes to my head i write down and it still is good email to if interested

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