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Steps to Write a Short Story

Nowadays many people enjoy writing and one common form of writing is short stories. This article is going to talk about the process that is taken to write a short story. There are six steps: Brainstorming, Planning, Prewriting, Rough Draft, Rewrites, and the Final Draft.

Brainstorming
The first part of writing a short story is deciding what you want to write. One of the ways you can do this is to sit down and write down all the thoughts that come into your head. This way you can see all your thoughts on paper and organize them easily. This makes picking what story you want to write easier than just trying to pull a single idea out of hundreds.

Planning

Now that you have your idea for a story you can start planning your story. You should plan out the setting and the plot as well as the characters and their backgrounds. Everything that you think of for your characters does not have to be put in the story but it does give you a better grasp on who your characters are and how they should react to the situations they are put in.

Prewriting

Once you plan out everything you possibly can it’s time to start writing your story. This is when you start turning your plans and notes into a story. You start writing some of your scenes and finding out if there is anything you want to change about the make-up of your story. This is when the structure of your story becomes clear in your writing.

Rough Draft

Once done with prewriting you’ll start on your rough draft which is when you put everything you wrote together and get into order. Your rough draft will be your finished story with changes only needing to be done to possible plot wholes and grammar.

Rewrites

Once your rough draft is finished you can start on you rewrites. Read over what you have written as if it is not work and fix any mistakes you see. Once done have at least 2 other people read your story and make marks where they find grammatical mistakes and if they have any questions that go unanswered at the end of the story.

Final Draft

Once the story has gone through the rewrites you are ready to present your final draft. Your final draft is your story once it has been polished and cleaned to perfection. Once you have your final draft you can either keep the story for yourself or send into a publisher to have your story put out for the public to read.

These are the steps that are taken when writing a short story. Some people skip some steps and others don’t use the steps at all but it is good to have guidelines when writing your story so as to help you through the process and even help you break up the work instead of trying to do everything in one sitting. If you try to rush yourself you’re more likely to make a mistake.

7 Ways to Create Engaging Online Content

Ensuring you market your business and services online is very important; the amount of information that is constantly churned out online means the need to keep it fresh and consistent is paramount.

Here are some top tips for creating engaging marketing content for your company:

1. Don’t drive people away
This may seem really obvious but with such little time to impress people online (10 seconds in fact), it’s essential you keep them engaged right from the outset. Give people a reason to stay on your website or social media page.

2. Make the content easy to read
Forget everything you learned about writing for a print audience. Online copy is very different. You want to use shorter sentences, smaller paragraphs and active verbs. A user will give up if they struggle to read something on screen.

3. Remember your reader
When creating anything for online, consider the questions the reader will ask, and then present them with the answers. Reflect on your own reading habits and take into consideration your thoughts and feelings when browsing other websites.

4. Keep distractions at bay
Your readers are goal orientated – they want factual information. So try not to distract them with irrelevant content. They want what they are looking for and fast, so make it easy for them to find.

5. Keep it conversational
Online content can scare a reader away if it’s written too formal. You want to make your user feel comfortable browsing or reading so keep a conversational tone. You can still be professional while being informal.

6. Engage with people
Again this may seem obvious but having interaction with your readers is very important. It’s always nice to add a bit of personality. You can encourage people to comment by asking questions in your articles or blog posts or requesting feedback. This also keeps your website or blog current which is always a winner for SEO purposes.

7. Use images, but in the right way
Images dotted through out the text may seem like a good idea, but this will distract the reader (remember what we said about distracting them!) Using images at the beginning or end of an article in a photo album is a much more practical option, but only if the images expand on the text and what you’re trying to say. Don’t just have them for the sake of it!

These are just a few of the basic guidelines to follow, but some things may not work for your company. Your website is probably your number one sales tool, so make the most of it and give your visitors a reason to stay!

Do You Make These Mistakes While Writing?

Recently, on the web, I’ve researched on the issue of writing, and the common mistakes amateurs like me made in the past. I came up with the two things I’ve learned while researching on the internet. It’s quite common, but there are writers who are yet to be told about their mistakes. My Objective is to point out my own mistakes so that other writers may take it as an advantage and learn from it.

I came up with these two particular mistakes I have made in the past. The first mistake was being sexist when it comes to addressing my audience I realized that I used his,shes,him,her too often, which makes my post sexist in how I address the general audience.

Wrong: When a singer starts to sing, he becomes a different person.
Right: When a singer starts to sing, the singer become a different person.

Note: When you are writing an article, or a blogpost you should expect the general audience to be random by gender. But if your intention is to address a female or a male audience then it is appropriate for you to use “he”,”she”, “his”, “hers”, and etc.

The second mistake was the use of apostrophes on some of my words, I realized that there is a difference between using an apostrophe vs not using an apostrophy. The difference between these two is that having an apostrophe with an S at the end of a noun is possesive, while not having an apostrophe with an S is plural.

Wrong: The cat’s were fed properly.
Right: The cats were fed properly.

Note: There is a difference between “cat’s” and cats. When you add an apostrophe to a noun you make it possessive, when you just add the “S” to a noun you make it plural.

There may be a lot of different common mistakes. But these mistakes are being taken for granted quite a lot. My objective for this article is to point out what I’ve learned in the process of my research recently. I really do hope that what I’ve learned recently will be also learnt by amateur writers like me. The learning process of writing is quite difficult, and may need a lot of work but with some perseverance and hard work it will go smoothly. If you are having a hard time trying to improve your writing skills I urge you to keep reading and reading.

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