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How to Take Your Short Stories to the Next Level

Categories: Brian Klems' The Writer's Dig, How to Improve Writing Skills, Writing Short Stories & Essay Writing, Writing Your First Draft Tags: Brian Klems, short stories, short story, ZZ Packer.

Are you writing a short story? The first short story I ever wrote was in the 6th grade. It was about a fictitious solar system of salad toppings. No joke. I remember pacing around the house, dictating ideas, plot and dialogue into my mom’s hand-held tape recorder and, eventually, piecing it all together into a short story that earned me an A. Looking back, it was one of my proudest moments as a young student—and as a young writer.

With that memory poking at my brain today, I decided to round up several excellent articles on writing short stories. From an interview with one of the top short story writers of today to plot advice to how to sell short fiction, these articles will help you take your stories to the next level:

How to Broaden Your Short Story’s Scope

How to Let Plot Guide Your Short Story

Selling Short Story Short: An Interview with ZZ Packer

How Do I Write & Sell Short Fiction Free Download (You have to login to WritersDigest.com to download this one, but it’s free.)

– And finally, I found this fun site called Short Story Radio where you can listen to a number of stories for free. Check it out here.

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One Response to How to Take Your Short Stories to the Next Level

  1. Morilinde says:

    Haha, I love your first story! Mine was about riding a giant doughnut down a giant slide to California.

    Thanks for the great links!

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