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I always wanted to write short stories, but I didn’t have a clue how. So I read books on the subject and experimented. Eventually, I discovered how to do it.

The first step is to decide the genre you want to write in. Is the story a mystery? Is it science fiction? Is it romance?

Next you must come up with an idea. The important thing about the idea is that it must have conflict. As a fun example, perhaps your idea involves an alien that comes to earth because on his planet cheese is very valuable and they’ve run out. The conflict would come when he tries to steal some cheese on earth and the police catch him.

A short story consists of three parts–a beginning, middle and end. The beginning is where you introduce the main character and tell us all about him or her. Make us like your main character. That way, we will be more likely to follow his adventures. There are, of course, stories where the main character is not likable, but these are harder to write.

The middle is where the conflict comes into play. In our example, this is where the alien steals cheese from a store, and is apprehended by the police.

Finally, there is the ending. This is part where the conflict is resolved. The alien explains his need for cheese and the people feel sympathy. They give him some Gouda and send him on his way.

Once you’ve written the story you must go over it again to make sure it’s as good as you can make it. One tip is to remove most of the “ly” words such as quickly or gently. Too many of these are regarded as being amateurish. Also, you may want to cut down on the number of times you use the word, “was.” You should look for more interesting words.

When your story is as   good  as you can make it, send it out. If you  write , ‘markets for  short  stories’ in your internet browser you will find many markets that will publish your story.

Be prepared to wait for a while to hear back. This will give you time to work on your next story.

 Good  luck and keep  Writing !

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