Writing short stories

In my writing life so far I’ve worn out at least a couple of computer keyboards. It’s always the ‘e’ and the ‘s’ that go first. With only a single book of stories to show for it, I’m not sure tips on story writing from me are appropriate… but for what it’s worth here are a few of the things I picked up in the course of wearing out those keyboards.

1. Don’t over-think, just write and see what works
Since my book of stories came out, a lot of people who bought the book have told me they’d love to write but can’t. To which my usual response is, if you honestly want to write, you should give it a try. After all, you already tell stories all the time: little jokes, a daily run-down to your family… [read the rest of the article in the Resources section at Writing.ie…]

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4 thoughts on “Writing short stories

  1. Catherine says:

    Great points Lane. Especially about deciding what the story is abou. Also a bit of a tussle that one.

  2. chillcat says:

    Apologies for all the errors I promise I couldn’t see through the subscriber tab!

    I think that the more I jot down in advance for a story, the more likely I am to veer away from it. Does that make sense? Though I do try to hold close the very essence of the story throughout the first draft.

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