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The Elements of Short Story

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The Elements of short story:

They are the things that the short story is based upon  , and  its important for every story writer to make sure that he had got these things done right, in order to have a good coherent. There are five Elements:

1.The Setting

The setting of a story is the time and place , in another words its when and where does the short story happens , also the setting of a story might include the weather conditions , social conditions , mood and atmosphere , and these are the things that makes the story come to life, and here is more information about the setting of short story.

2. Character

The characters are a main part of the story, and they should be given good amount of attention, often the story revolves and develop around the characters , you should choose a good way to revel your character to your reader  , to describe it and choose the most fitting description you want to give that character which perfectly describe the personality, feelings, actions , thoughts, and life of that character. Take a look here at the techniques used to reveal and describe a person character in short story.

3. Theme

The theme in fiction writing is the writer main idea or thoughts and insights at he is trying to convey through his writing and usually the theme of a short story is to be known after finishing the story as the reader was able to come across all the ideas and thoughts of the story. Here are some simple examples of common themes: Things are not always as they appear to be , People are afraid of change ,Love is blind , etc.

4. Plot

Generally the plot is the sequence of events in a story or play. The plot is a planned, logical series of  events having a beginning, middle, and end. There are five important parts of the plot:

Introduction:The beginning of the story where the writer introduce his characters and reveals the setting of the story .

Rising Action: This is where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story starts to rise it includes the events between the introduction and the climax.

Climax: This is the highest point of conflict and the turning point of the story. The reader wonders what will happen next; will the conflict be resolved or not?

Falling action: The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or not, it includes the events between the climax and resolution.

Resolution: This is the final outcome or untangling of events in the story.

5.CONFLICT

Conflict is a very important thing  to the plot. Without conflict there is no plot. It is the thing which ties one incident to another and makes the plot move. Conflict is not merely limited to open arguments, rather it is any form of opposition that faces the main character. Within a short story there may be only one central struggle, or there may be one dominant struggle with many minor ones.

And at last but not least here is a video to summon up the talk on the Elements of Short Story

 

 
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How to reveal – describe a person character in a Short Story ?

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The characters are a main part of the story , as often the story revolves around them , so a lot of attention should be paid to them while writing your short story.  To have a good characters you should use the right techniques to write them … One of the techniques is how can you revel the personality, the description of the character to your reader , now there are many ways in which you can do that, and it depends on your story which way you should use. Here are some few ways which you can make use of to  reveal your character. I hope this might help you in figuring out the right way to reveal your character.

 

You can reveal the personality of your character through these ways :

 

  • What a character says – dialogue

 

Character dialogue can be in either the character speaks to him/herself, or speak  to another character.The words that the character speak also define the personality of the character ,a scientist character will speak differently from what a poor child character might say , and thats what add a style to the dialogue.

 

  • What character does – actions  

 

The character’s actions and behavior throughout the story defines his characteristics, young characters often do reckless deeds , unlike wise old characters , however the actions of the characters and how the character suppose to act in a particular situation depends on the role of the character in your story.

 

  • What a character thinks – thoughts

 

The character’s thoughts often let the reader know the feelings, and intentions of the character and it makes the reader understand more about the personality of the character.

 

  • What others say about the character

 

Here the characteristics of the character are being described by another character inside the story.

 

  • What the author says about the character

 

In this way the characteristics can be described through the Narrator  of the story.

 

 

 
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The new way to read Books online!

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So have you heard of the new way to read Books online???

The way people read books have changed , now they read books online , instead of going to the library an wasting your time , you can just browse through the web , find the book , you want to read , and then you can download it and read , it does not matter if you are at home ,at work or at school , you can read all kinds of books as long as you have a computer and interenet conection.

But still many people find it hard to read books , simply because they migh not have the time to do so, or they are busy with their work , however these things should not put you down , and makes you turn away from reading your favourite book, just because you dont have the time to go downlad the book online or search for it , it does not mean you can not read it.

Now you can read your favourite book without going through all this trouble , you just have to go to DailyLit , and sign up for that service. Generally speaking DailyLit is a unique service that I think have a great future. The service is actually  sends you daily installments of books via e-mail or RSS, which means now you can start reading your favourite books by email.

How to use the DailyLit service?

  • Go to the DailyLit website
  • Sgin up for a FREE account
  • Choose your favourite book , or the book that you wan to read
  • Choose the length of the installments that you wan to recieve
  • Choose the days and when do you want to recieve your emails

 

 

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How to describe a setting using Personiofication???

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The setting of a short story is very important part, getting the setting right , and making it good means you will have a good story. There are many things and techniques used to describe and create the setting, one of these things which are used to create the setting is using Personifications.

So What is a Personification?

Personification is when something described as if it is alive when it is not.

For example:

The leaves danced in the gentle breeze

The verb “danced” is not usually used for leaves and makes them sound human. They don’t decide to dance, but the breeze makes them look as though they are dancing.

 

So now we know what is a Personification , but how can we use it in creating the setting of a short story????

To answer this question let’s read the extract below ,it’s from the opening of the novel Bleak House, by Charles Dickens .

Fog everywhere, Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tires of shipping , and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes; fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards , and hovering in the rigging of great ships , fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats. Fog in the eyes and throats of ancient Greenwich pensioners, wheezing by the firesides of their wards; fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pipe of the toes wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little ‘prentice boy on deck. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog al around them, as if they were up in a balloon, and hanging in the misty clouds.

We can see from the above the different use of personifications in creating the atmosphere and the setting of short story.

Some of the personifications from the opening:

  • where it rolls defiled among the tires of shipping
  • fog lying out on the yards
  • hovering in the rigging of great ships
  • fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers

and still there are more personifications in the above opening, the above opening is a good example of showing how can we use personifications to describe and create the setting of the story and come up with a great setting just like what Charles Dickens did.

You might ask why some of the sentences are short like ” Fog everywhere ” , that is not a really sentence because it does not have a verb. However, it is dramatic and it instantly sets the scene, and that is why Dickens used it.

Personifications can be used to describe the setting of short stories and they make the story interesting, creative and unique.

Every sentence in the extract, apart from the last one, follows the same structure. They start with ‘Fog’ and then describe where the fog is. Have a go at writing a similar paragraph following the same structure, like this:

Rain everywhere. Rain….

You can use this as an exercise to practice using personifications.

 
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Interesting Blog: Shelled Dreams

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This is the first blog that I m going to talk about in my Interesting blogs………………………………………..

What would you ask for? What dreams would you like to accomplish? I will try to help you. I hope my writing will guide you to seize the opportunities that come your way…and push you to chase after the opportunities that slide past you. I hope someday that all of our dreams will be realized.

We all have shelled dreams that we’ve put away for one reason or another. I dare you now to reclaim them.

So what this blog shelled dreams is all about?????

This blog is about a writer who dreams of having his novel published, it is a dream that many fiction  writers from around the word share, when your novel does not get published and the agents send you letters saying the will not publish it , you will feel down , and your confidence will fall down , and thoughts will come to your mind that you are not a good writer and you should leave writing and start doing something else.

Well the same thing happened for this writer, but instead of falling down , and leaving his dreams behind, he decided to carry on and continue working till he accomplish his dreams, and he started this nice blog called Shelled Dreams.

 

How can you describe this blog Shelled Dreams ?

Well I can describe this blog in two words it’s a Nice and Creative blog, not because the blog topic is interesting , and its unique but the way posts and content of this blog are written , it’s a blog worth reading if you are looking to get some inspiration , creativity and calmness , and if you don’t believe me or if you think this is silly then you better Dont Read these posts:

Because if you read these posts your ideas about this blog will quickly change and you would be thinking : Oh how could I miss on such amazing & creative blog?

I have read the posts on this blog and I found that the writer of this posts has an amazing creativity and talent and only fool people will reject to publish a novel written by this writer , they would be fool because they will miss all the goodness and profits of publishing his novel.

Why is this blog worth visiting?

  • There are a couple of great poems that you should not miss.

  • You will be amazed by the creativity of the person who is writing this blog…… you don’t belive me …. visit the blog and see it yourself.

  • The way the writer links between the different things is just amazing, and he has a talent and creativity that should not be missed.

  • If you are looking for a way for inspiration then I think you should subscribe to this blog, because it’s a good way of getting inspiration and ideas.

  • If you are hunting for creative and interesting blogs that are worth the reading, then I think yo just had found your target Shelled Dreams.

  • The blog topic which is about a dream of someone , makes the blog worth visiting

  • Shelled Dreams has some interesting poems , to all the poem lovers you should not miss on such nice poems.

And at last but not least:

I want to tell the author of the blog Shelled Dreams , I hope one day you will be able to make your dream come true and become a great writer, and thanks for creating the blog Shelled Dreams because it is a great way for inspiration and its a good blog that I think everyone should read , and continue with your writing and blogging

 

 

 

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25 Guides on How to Write a Short Story!!!

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Here are some great articles on how to write a short story , and they include different tips and if you want your story to be great then you should make sure that is desirable and interesting from every angle , each article have different tips and information so make sure , you check them out.

  1. How to Write a Short Story – wiki how .
  2.  How to Write a Short Story –  a guide on how to write a short story by ehow.
  3. How to Write a Short Story that Works – this is a free ebook on how to write a short story by Michael Allen , its featured on scribd.com , you can read it there for free.
  4. How to Write a Short Story – these are some Short Story Rules by About.com
  5. How to write a short story –  here is a guide on how to write a short story by Janet Blaylock form Helium
  6. How to write a short story – this is a blog dedicated to short story writing it will teach you from the beginning the art of writing short story
  7. How to Write a short story – this is a great article on ezine articles  .
  8. How to Write A Short Story By Paul Saevig – this is a great article by Pual on writing short stories.
  9. How To Write Short Stories –  this is a post by Emma Newman, author of short story anthology, From Dark Places. its a great post and you should read it.
  10. Seven Step Plan for Short Story Writing – Here is a seven step plan for you to write your short story, the steps are simple and easy to follow.
  11. How to write a short story – by throwing away a short story – Here is a post by Paolo Bacigalupi about a creative way of writing short stories.
  12. Five Step Fiction Writing Formula for a Short Story – this is a 5 step formula for writing a short story.
  13. How To Write Short Stories For Magazines – this is a helpful guide if you want to start writing short stories for magazines.
  14. Lessons on Writing Short Stories – here are 15 lessons to teach you the art of short story
  15. How to Start Writing a Ghost Story – a guide on how to write a ghost story

  16. How to Write a Short Story Quickly – see how can you write a short story in a short time.

  17. How to write and develop the climax in a short story – learn how can you develop a climax in a short story.
  18. How to Write a Short Story – a guide by Rachelle Arlin Credo on writing short stories.
  19. How To Write a Short Story Video tutorial
  20. Awesome Tips on How to Write a Romance Story – some great tips on writing a romance story.
  21. How to Write a Good Story – factors and tips on writing a good short story.
  22. How to write a story – here is a detailed guide filled with information on writing a short story.
  23. How To Write A Children’s Short Story – A comprehensive guide to how to write a child’s story.
  24. How to Tell Any Story in 500 Words – learn how can you write a story of 500 words.
  25. Short Story Editing Guide – and here is a free ebook on how can you edit your short story in a fast, simple, easy way.

And if you have a good link on  how to write a short story please share it below.

 
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Resources for Writers

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I have compiled up my links and the websites that I visit which help me writing and I have put them up in my link category under Resources for Writers and I hope you visit them and see if they can help you with your writing, also if you have an interesting website which is useful for writers, feel free to comment bellow and write the website link 🙂

Here are some of the great resources:

 
 

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