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I need help on starting a short story for class!!! What are elements and resources to help me write a short story?

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I often encouraged my students who were stuck on a writing assignment to just write.  It sounds silly, but sometimes we get so hung up on where to start that we block ourselves.  If you're stuck on where to start, jump in anywhere.  Once you have some basic characters and descriptions on paper, you can always go back and add the beginning and end.

Another idea might be to do a story board.  I am a very visual learner and I always drew out sketches before writing this type of story.  Yours might be comic book style or it might just be an outline.  Once you have a better idea of who your characters are and what you want them to do the story will be easier to get down on paper.

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One of the first decisions a writer of a short story has to make is who is going to be the narrator of the story.  Even if it is a personal story, would the tale be better told by an objective third person narrator who can stand outside the action and comment on all of the characters or who could reveal the thoughts of more than one character?  Sometimes first person narrators are more immediate, but they are limiting as well.

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When I have my classes write a short story (we are doing one now) I break it up as follows.  1) Write a beginning in which you fully describe the setting, introduce characters, and have an initial conflict (called an inciting incident).  Use descriptive language and figurative language.  2)  Write the rising action.  Give your characters problems to solve on the way to solving the big problem.  Describe your characters fully.  Add dialogue.  3) Write the climax of the story.  This is the most exciting part, which solves the original problem but may present new ones.  Everything changes after the climax. 4)  Write the ending, the falling action and resolution of the story.

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My best advice for creative writing is to begin with something personal and real.  If you are like my students, you might not feel like you have any talent in writing (and such assignments may seem overwhelming), but I think no one can deny that it isn't difficult to tell others about what happened to you last weekend.

Start with something real, something personal, and imbellish.  Turn a work of non-fiction into fiction by adding details and complications that perhaps didn't...

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Thanks guys for All this information as really improved on how my story was going. When my teacher explained how to make a short story was a little confusing and all of you h=guys cleared it up for me, thank you! oh ya and my story was about 2 girls who fought since the 2nd grade and now there in 8th and one girl named christine hwang gets revenge on her and the battle started. and i got an A for the story!

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