Steps to Writing an Interesting Short Story. SWBAT: By the end of this unit, I will be able to explain the steps of the writing process, explain what makes a good story, and create my own interesting short story. Writing a short story.
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SWBAT: By the end of this unit, I will be able to explain the steps of the writing process, explain what makes a good story, and create my own interesting short story.
A short story has a beginning, middle, and end. The characters meet and interact around a conflict. This allows the author to convey a message, known as the theme.
Your task is to create your own short story using the steps outlined in this presentation.
Follow a consistent point of view (the view point or perspective the story is told from) Remember first person and third person point of view?
Develop believable characters so that the readers can identify and understand them; so readers can relate and connect to the characters.
The setting should be consistent with the characters’ personalities.
Develop a plot that includes conflict, rising action, climax,and resolution
5. Contain a theme or message for the reader
6. Show, instead of tell, about the characters, theme, and conflicts.
7. Use specific descriptions using good verbs and adjectives.
8. Use appropriate imaginative language and imagery
9. Use literary devices appropriate to your story, such as flashback, foreshadowing, metaphors, etc.
10. Use dialogue when appropriate, Are your characters going to talk to each other?
11. Be of appropriate length, 200-800 words or around 1 to 4 pages maximum.
12. Make sure that each character, action, and word lead to a single end. Does your story makes sense? Does it end appropriately?
Scary story: the goal of a scary story is to scare your reader. To do so, a character must face something frightening: a panther perched on a tree limb, wild river rapids, or being trapped in a haunted house.
Fable: are stories that teach lessons or morals. Morals are sayings like, “The early bird catches the worm,” or “ Look before you leap.” The characters in fables are often animals.
Urban fiction: is set in a large city and shows characters in conflict with the environment. Life is usually seen as being very challenging and difficult.
Mystery: to write a mystery you need a crime, a list of suspects, and a star detective. The goal of the mystery is to solve the crime.
Science Fiction: shows life in another time and place, often in the future. While things may be different in the new world, they make sense within the context of the story.
What is the rising action?
What brings events to crisis?
What happens as a result of the crisis? What is the climax?
What is the end result or resolution?
Do the characters change as a result of their experiences? If so, what makes them change?
What does the character sound like when he/she talks?
How does he/she behave?
How do others react to the character? Do they see the character in the same way?
Does the character see him/her the same way others do?
Have I used effective sentence structure?
Are my paragraphs appropriate to the story?
Are my descriptions specific rather than flowery?
Have I included any of the finer points of literature; figurative language, imagery, foreshadowing, flashback, etc.?
Is my message clear? Have I avoided stating the message, making it, instead, evident through the action and resolution of the story?
Have I selected an appropriate title that suggests some important element of the story?
Make sure your story is creative, check your word choice, check your spelling and grammar, and fix and irregularities you found while proofreading.