What makes a good short story? I’ve always liked to write, my favourite part being that I can create my own stories, and tell them the way I want to. I favorite short stories because of their length. How they can hold so many ideas and not take a week to read or a year to write. My question is still the same as it was at the start of the project. This question properly resembles short story writing, and I have had no need to change it since I didn’t change my topic.
I have expanded on my english writing skills and creativity. This Zip project has gotten me to write, and the more I write, the better I get at writing. The research I conducted taught me valuable concepts to short story writing, and writing in general. I also spent an hour just coming up with ideas for my story, which worked on my originality and improved my creativity. These creativity skills will help come up with original ideas and original opinions, while the writing skills will help me express my creativity and opinions.
I narrowed my research and my answer to my inquiry question to 3 main points
For a short story, concision is key, every source I looked at, including “9 Simple Steps to Writing a Short Story Your Reader Never Forgets.” by Jerry Jenkins, had concision as one of their ideas for what makes a good short story. Short stories have to be short, so leave the length for novels.
The characters of a short short story are important. These characters have to be simple, it takes too much explaining to have a complex character with a deep backstory. Novel characters can be complex and hold a backstory but short stories have to rely on the plot to tell the story, not the characters.
This is the most important part of short stories. The plot needs to be created in advance, or the story will feel repetitive. The plot also needs to be short, and can’t have too much explaining, or the story will feel confusing. The plot also needs to start as close as possible to the climax of the story. The best part of any story is the climax, so, with short stories, you have to spend less time leading up to the climax and more time on the climax.
My artifact, being my short story, will answer my inquiry question well by demonstrating good concision, characters and plot. Transform ideas and information to create original texts. I will demonstrate my learning for this competency with the setting of my story. I think my story takes place in a rather unusual environment, the moon. This makes for some interesting sentences: I put on my spacesuit and depressurize the airlock to my habitat. I think I created a story which is unusual and original to me.
“Short Story Tips: 10 Ways to Improve Your Creative Writing.” Jerz’s Literacy Weblog, Jerz’s Literacy Weblog, jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/creative1/shortstory/.
This helped get me started, it taught me many basic steps to short story writing, and also went in detail with examples to explain concepts.
“How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish.” The Write Practice, 6 Feb. 2018, thewritepractice.com/how-to-write-a-short-story/.
This site helped me plan my story. It taught me the steps required and how much time I need to spend on each step to plan and write a short story.
Jenkins, Jerry B. “9 Simple Steps to Writing a Short Story Your Reader Never Forgets.” Jerry Jenkins | Proven Writing Tips, Jerry Jenkins, 4 Jan. 2019, jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-short-stories/.
This site went a little more in-depth on a concept I was struggling with. It taught me how to be original, which is the backbone of creativity.
I also used the books we read in class to create my own opinion of what makes a good short story. I believe my opinion is important because english writing, in general, is subjective.
Another question I have is What makes a good micro fiction story? A micro fiction story is only 5-350 words long, but quite an interesting idea. For sale: baby shoes. Never worn is an example of micro fiction by Ernest Hemingway. Micro fiction intrigues me because the actual story is all up to the reader, this brings me to another question. How can we make a story that is written by the reader? I think this would be a cool topic to pursue since it’s based off of the reader’s inferences.