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How to Write Winning Short Stories

Short stories are fun and challenging to write. They contain many of the components of a novel, but those elements must be realized in a short format that forces discipline and economy. Some writers enjoy the focus and the need to get into the action quickly. A short story writer must write concisely and at a faster pace; there is no room for repetition and unnecessary detail. Short stories provide a place to showcase smaller ideas and less complex plots. They allow the writer to create more drama in a shorter span of time. Short stories can be easier to get published because there are many outlets for short stories. Getting stories published establishes you as a professional and helps you build a bio.

This concise guide to writing short stories gives beginning writers a practical playbook and help experienced writers build their skills.

Guide to writing short stories

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Writer Organizations and Resources

Creative Writing Glossary (Recommended by Shelby)

Delaware Literary Events

Delaware Press Association

Eastern Shore Writers Association

Maryland Writers’ Association

Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild

Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators

Writer’s Digest

Writing Careers (Recommended by Amelia)