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Copy of Short Story Writing Part 2

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Rachel Shannon

on 31 March 2013

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(cc) photo by Jakob Montrasio The road to your best short story The importance of revision Truman Capote once said about writing,
"I believe in the scissors more than the pencil." What does that even mean? It's important to go through your story and delete anything that just doesn't fit or is "too much information." This could mean extra adjectives you don't need, whole phrases, and even whole sentences! Show, don't tell. You want to show emotions, events, and feelings in your story. You don't just want to say, "I am scared." You need to show it. How do you do that? Instead of saying, "She was scared," you can write:

"Her eyes darted around her, fear mounting in her chest and slowing her breathing. She fumbled through her purse as the killer charged out from the dark, wet alley." You also want to SHOW the scenery.

It's not enough to say, "The view was beautiful."

Your audience wants to FEEL like they're there, too.

"The ancient cliffs guarded the seaside , the grazing goats, and the lonely road, which was often bathed in a swell of ocean waves." Writing for clarity It's been said that easy reading is darn hard writing.

We feel like using big words and interesting descriptions, but we also want our readers to fly through our stories.

That can be difficult when the writing is overly complicated. Sometimes, less is better. When you revise your short story (or any piece of
writing), check to see if you are using direct sentences that
are easy to understand.

Talent in writing is not how big your words are, but how you arrange words to create pictures for your audience. Sentence variety Variety is the spice of life and of writing, too!
Readers hate sentences that all start the same. Before you know it, the writing feels choppy. Let's look at a painful
example of choppy sentences. Julie walked across the orchard. She saw all the hills and trees. She looked up at the sky as the sun melted. She watched two birds fly by. She wondered how anything could be so beautiful. You can add sentence variety by changing up the
order of the sentences and using transitions. As Julie walked across the orchard, she saw all the hills and trees. The sun seemed to melt in the sky. When Julie watched two birds fly across the beautiful sunset, she wondered how anything could be so beautiful. Make sure that your writing sounds fluid. The BEST way to do this is to read it aloud.
If you find yourself stopping a lot and repeating words, then your writing could probably use more variety. How can you improve your writing? The best way to get better at any skill is to practice.
Write as much as you can however you can.
You don't need to only churn out long stories to get better:
expand your vocabulary,
practice writing a variety of sentences.
write songs, poems, plays, etc. Read lots of books in many forms and genres.
Read chapter books, short stories, plays, graphic novels,
comic books, biographies, and more.
Read science fiction, historical fiction, westerns, romances, horror novels. Expose yourself to rich literature. You can also carry a journal or notebook with you and jot down interesting words, sentences, or dialogue. Sometimes ideas are fleeting, so a notebook on hand can help you capture them when they pop up.
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