Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book. A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict , and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation. Do you have a short story assignment due tomorrow morning? The rest of this document covers longer-term strategies, but if you are in a pinch, these emergency tips should help.
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Do you enjoy writing short stories or other works of fiction? How do you find inspiration for what you write? In this activity, we invite you to create your own short story inspired by photographs and illustrations from our Picture Prompts series.