3 Ways To Get Your Short Story Started


  1. If you’re not sure if you’re started in the right place, read over your opening page and cross out every single line that is not indispensable. When you get to the line that simply cannot be left out, you’re at the start of the story.
  2. Don’t reflect on the past, start with the immediate action. Have your character react to something that’s happened just before the start of the story. Start with your character in the cross hairs.
  3. Spend time with your character. If you know your character really well, you will not feel the need to over explain or over describe the character. This confidence will show in both restraint and authenticity.

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 by Anthony Ehlers

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