Wednesday, June 13, 2007

How To Write A Short Story (Part 4)

Writing short stories can be very valuable to building 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 endeavor but the more you write the better you will get. I’m almost half way into my 10 part series on how to write a short story. This will be the fourth edition on how to write stories.

Time To Pick A Point of View

You have to determine who is going to tell the story and how much information is available for the narrator to reveal in the story. There are three points of view that we will review. They are written from the perspective of first, second, or third person. The narrator may be involved subjectively or he can report the action objectively.

1. First Person

This style is usually the best choice for beginning writers because it is the easiest to write. The story is told in the “I” point of view. The narrator is either the main character or the secondary character telling the story around the protagonist.

2. Second Person

This puts the readers in the actual scene. This way they are able to confront possibilities directly. It’s important to put your characters in an understandable environment so that details that your readers need are not left out. The second person point of view is usually told directly by you.

3. Third Person

This is where the narrator knows everything about all the characters. The narrator may take sides in the conflict. Or it can be set in a position that you want your reader to challenge. The third person story is told in the “he,” “she,” or “it”.

For beginning reader’s first person is the best way to start your writing. However if you chose to write in one of the other point of views make sure you stick to it. Don’t mix your views. It takes a seasoned writer to be able to mix points of views and even then lots of writers have trouble with it.

This is the end of my fourth 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

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

How To Write In The Children’s Market (Part 3)

This is going to be my third article of many to come. The article series is the how to when it comes to writing in the children’s market. It is going to be a considerably long series so keep checking back for new updates.

Children hate it when they can’t check out the book they want because it’s going to be too hard for them to read. That as why as writers we write what’s called easy readers. There for kids that are in the in between stage of reading. There still developing their skills but they want to read. So we have to get them reading a good story through easy readers and then we will have them reading for life.

Easy readers are books that are a step up from picture books. Even though adults are still the primary buyers of easy readers the books themselves are intended for children in kindergarten to grade 3. An easy reader usually runs about 64 pages long and is formatted very differently. The story is usually divided into sections that are meant to resemble chapters.

There are some pictures in easy readers but they don’t mean as much as they did in picture books. Plots are kept simple by focusing on one main character and only one event. It is important to know that the characters must be children and children will always solve all conflicts. Kids at this age don’t mind reading cross gender stories.

You have to use humor, suspense or action to keep the children interested and keep the stories moving. You have to remember that these kids are just starting school so there is a whole new world opening up to them. There are so many topics to write about at this point. All you have to do is open your eyes and you can write about what you see.

Dialogue is used very freely when it comes to easy readers. Dialogue is a very important way to keep the story moving. It also helps to keep a lot of whit space on the page thus making it easier for the children to get through a page. You have to still use proper sentence structure but you have to keep them simple. There are no specified vocabulary lists because children are learning how to sound out words at this age. However you don’t want to make things too difficult.

To sum it up while developing an idea for your story make sure you keep the plot simple and limit your main characters to no more than 2. Once you are done your manuscript should be 20 to 25 double spaced pages.

Dale Mazurek

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