Writing short stories
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Like most people who frequent sites like CIAO.com, Dooyoo.co.uk and other opinion sites, I am an aspiring author. Throughout the years I have written many short stories, and although I haven’t been published for money yet , I have written some well received stories that people have enjoyed. Although I am by no means an expert I feel I can give some advice from the years of trial and error.Grammar and spelling
Although you could write an excellent short story, you will often lose your audience because of bad spelling and poor grammar. At the first instance, use a word processor to check your spelling and grammar. Then continually read, and re-read your story ensuring that it reads well and is grammatically correct. Additionally, and perhaps one of the hardest lessons I found to learn is to try and write without switching tense. Generally stories are written in past tense, but sometimes they are written in first person present tense. Switching between tenses will confuse and often lose you a reader.
My best advice is to try and make your characters believable; in one of my first stories I had a handsome hunk of a man, meeting a perfectly beautiful lady. While this may be poetic, it is not particularly real and therefore your reader will lose interest in a story like this.Flow
The main problem many writers have with writing short stories is to get the story to flow. Often they jump between important parts of the plot and try and lead the reader in the right direction; the story should flow gently and logically allowing your reader to absorb the plot and not get lost in it.
If you would like to see some examples of my work, let me know and I will tell you where they are published on the web (no pay!!)
Two of my short stories
I was asked in a comment to add a few links to my storied, here are two of my better stories (the first has some adult content, so beware!):-http://www.writtenbyme.com/content/46675
http://www.writtenbyme.com/content/42455And another, this is a fun but erotic tale so be warned!!!!:
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