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Creating your own story . . . From Reading to
Writing Stories such as The Masque of the Red
Death may horrify you, while other stories
delight you with humor, suspense, or surprises.
You not only have the opportunity to read the
stories of others, but you can also create
stories of your own that will affect others.
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Creating your own story . . . A short story uses
characters, action, and setting to explore a
conflict and create an experience that engages
readers. Like all literary works worth reading,
short stories entertain us and touch our
feelings. At the same time, they teach us
something worth remembering.
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B a s i c s i n a B o x
Short Story at a Glance
Introduction
Body
Conclusion
Sets the stage by
Develops the plot by
Finishes the story by
  • introducing the conflict
  • telling a sequence of events
  • developing main characters
  • building toward a climax
  • introducing the char-acters
  • describing the setting
  • resolving the conflict
  • telling the last event

RUBRIC
Standards for Writing
A successful short story should
  • use the elements of character, setting, and plot
    to create a convincing world
  • use techniques such as vivid sensory language,
    concrete details, and dialogue to create
    believable characters and setting
  • develop and resolve a central conflict
  • present a clear sequence of events
  • maintain a consistent point of view

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Writing Your Short Story
To imagine yourself inside another person . . .
is what a story writer does in every piece of
work. . . . Eudora Welty
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Writing Your Short Story
Look for ideas for your story by
  • Listing interesting settings, characters, and
    conflicts. Mix and match them, or ask yourself
    what story each might inspire.
  • Remembering your daydreams.
  • Contemplating recent news stories.
  • Recalling experiences from your life.

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Planning Your Short Story
1. Imagine the characters and setting. Who will
be in the story and how will you show their
personality traits? What setting will you
use? 2. Think through the plot. What are the main
events? What is the conflict? Will the conflict
be resolved? If so, how? You might make a
sequence chart to help you organize your ideas.
beginning
event 1
event 2
event 3
final event/ resolution
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Planning Your Short Story
3. Choose a narrator. Who will tell your story?
Will the story be told from the first-person or
third-person point of view? 4. Create a mood.
Will your story be frightening, humorous, or
mysterious? 5. Identify your goals and audience.
Are you writing for children, your peers, or a
general audience?
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Writing Your Short Story
Begin your story wherever you likeat the
beginning, the conclusion, or the incident that
triggers the conflict. Many good stories begin in
the middle and then go back to the beginning to
provide more information. Remember, however, that
the order of events must be clear.
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Writing Your Short Story
Flesh Out the Characters To make your characters
real, use
  • description
  • dialogue
  • action

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Writing Your Short Story
Use Description to Show Rather Than Tell Your
Story For instance, instead of telling the
readers that Seth and Caleb disappeared, the
writer uses description to show them
disappearing A ray of light fell onto them. As
if they were floating on the beam, they slowly
faded away.
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Writing Your Short Story
Organize the Events A natural way to organize
events in a story is to use chronological
orderthe order in which events occur. Another
choice is to use flashbacka recalling of past
events. After the flashback, return to the
present and continue telling the story. Just be
sure that the sequence of events and the
connections between ideas are clear.
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Writing Your Short Story
Revising
TARGET SKILL USING DIALOGUE Dialogue can add
suspense to your story and help readers get to
know your characters. Good dialogue shows the
most important things characters say to each
other.
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Writing Your Short Story
Editing and Proofreading
TARGET SKILL PUNCTUATING DIALOGUE In writing
dialogue, remember to start a new paragraph each
time the speaker changes. Also, use single
quotation marks to indicate a quote within a
quote.
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