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Writing short stories

A successful short story is not an easy thing to achieve - but done right, it can be a short, sharp gem that you'll treasure forever. In this section, you can discover more about the genre and find some advice for writing flash fiction.

10 Tips To Help You Write A Short Story

Susmita Bhattacharya

Susmita Bhattacharya offers 10 tips to help you write a successful short story...

I’ve always thought of writing a short story as some sort of an adventure. There are clues that I need to follow, go on the journey and always have been surprised at the end of the process. Sometimes, I get …

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Flash fiction

If you have not met flash fiction before, you are in for a treat. If you have, here is yet another attempt to define it, to pin down this most slippery of beasts. And because I am a writer, I’ll define it like this:

Imagine standing at the open door of a room where all is in darkness, …

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Flash Fiction – The Perfect Form for the Modern Age

Debbie Young

Author Debbie Young explains flash fiction, gives her advice on writing good flash and explores why flash fiction is perfectly suited for us, in our rush to quickly consume content.

Two years ago, if you’d have asked me what Flash Fiction was, I’d have hesitated, but since discovering flash via …

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How To Write A Winning Short Story Based On A Prompt

As Writers & Artists and Firewords have come together with a competition based on a visual prompt on the run up to Christmas, I would like to take this opportunity to say what importance the use of prompts has for the editorial team at Firewords. We are just readers here so will …

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How Writing Short Stories Can Make Your Novels Better

Fiona Sussman

Very few writers tread a seamless path from creative writing student to published author. The majority travel a more circuitous route, coming to writing later in life and from other careers. Yet in our fast-paced, success-driven world, where Olympic champions are barely out of nappies, and the term …

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Is writing for video games as creative as scriptwriting?

The games industry has long held an aspiration to keep pace with film, moving beyond an emphasis on graphic realism to developing more compelling storylines and characters to underpin the action, so I read with interest Are Computer Games a Literary Genre?  at the Guardian Mortarboard …

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Risky Business

In this article, author Tani Hershman discusses how, through reading other writers' work, she first came across the gift of permission - and how letting others inspire you to take risks in your own work can transform your writing.

I've got something to give you. Something I remember …

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Short stories and poems - what's the point?

I am often contacted by authors who are writing short stories, and want to know what their chances of getting published are. There is good news and bad news.

The bad news is that most publishers will only publish short stories if you are an established author.  Even the most well-known …

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Six Tips For Writing Short Stories


Eliza Robertson, author of acclaimed collection Wallflowers and winner of the 2013 Commonwealth short story prize, shares her advice on writing engaging, gripping short stories. 

1. Read short stories. As someone who tried to write a novel while reading only story collections, I urge you …

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Starting Small

If you’re not feeling up to diving back into your full-length novel, why not try your hand at writing a short story? Author S R Masters discusses how they can help improve long-form writing...

I learned a lot about writing novels from writing short stories. 

Now, they're a medium in …

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The Vital Heart of the Flash Fiction Story

Catherine McNamara

Author Catherine McNamara explores the craft of writing flash fiction...

I didn’t fall for flash fiction straightaway. There was an attraction, but I wasn’t sure about this fleeting, incisive form until I tried to nail it. Not so easy. Pulled off, flash fiction is an acrobatic feat, leaving an …

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Writing Short Stories for Children

Julia Green

Julia Green describes the power and the pleasure of a well-written children’s short story, its essential attributes, and encourages aspiring short story writers to read, study, practice, experiment and to aim high...

Primary School. I’m maybe eight or nine. We’re reading a short story in …

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