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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.