How to write a short story

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How to write a short story

  1. 1. Elements of a Short Story
  2. 2. Definition of a Short StoryTells about a single eventor experienceFictional (not true)500 to 15,000 words inlengthIt has a beginning, middle,and endCreates an impression onthe reader
  3. 3. Elements of a Short StorySettingCharacterizationPlotConflictClimaxResolutionThemePoint of view
  4. 4. Short Story VocabularySetting:Tells thereader where andwhen the storytakes place.
  5. 5. Short Story VocabularyCharacterization:Creation of imaginarypeople who appear to bereal to the reader. Thewriter gives informationabout the characters inthe story.
  6. 6. Short Story VocabularyPlot: A series ofevents throughwhich the writerreveals what ishappening, towhom, and why.
  7. 7. Short Story VocabularyConflict: Is aproblem in thestory that needsto be resolved.
  8. 8. Short Story VocabularyClimax: When theaction comes to itshighest point ofconflict.
  9. 9. Short Story VocabularyResolution: Thestory’s actionafter the climaxuntil the end ofthe story. The“conclusion” of thestory.
  10. 10. Short Story VocabularyTheme: Thestory’s main ideas.The “message” thewriter intends tocommunicate bytelling the story.
  11. 11. Short Story VocabularyPoint of view: Theposition of thenarrator of thestory and what thewriter sees fromthat vantage point.
  12. 12. Elements of a Short StorySettingCharacterizationPlotConflictClimaxResolutionThemePoint of view
  13. 13. Great writers are able to usethe elements of the short storywith such precision that thereader is caught up in the actionof the story. This is a mark of agood story and our goal as awriter.
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