How can I write better short stories?

23 Dec

Some students shine at analytical or argumentative writing but run a mile from “creative writing”. Since creative writing is now mandatory in Paper 1 of the HSC for Advanced and Standard English, such students need to work on this area. Steven, my 2006 coachee who attained Band 6 this year, was such a student. I am sure practice in this area helped him.

See also the “Writing” tag in the side bar, and check the writing archive on John Baker’s blog. John is an English crime fiction writer. There are also many good books: for example, The Writing Book by Australian writer Kate Grenville.

Short Story Tips from the Short Story Group. You might like to check the rest of their site too.

Literature: What Makes a Good Story — Join our journey through a classic short story, “A Jury of Her Peers,” by Susan Glaspell. Along the way, you’ll solve the mystery of whether Minnie Wright killed her husband and explore the story’s literary elements. You will also encounter rest stops where you can read more about the structure of story and take part in activities related to “A Jury of Her Peers”.

Tips for Writing a Short Story by Jennifer Stewart.

Writing short stories that work. Writing a short story that works involves learning how to construct a foundational framework by use and development of plot, theme, characters, denouement and conclusion.

Writing, Blogging & Creative Travel Photo Prompts. Quality varies, but such exercises may lead somewhere.

The Short Of It a short story blog by Bob Tinsley of Colorado Springs. [Quality and suitability may vary.]

He’s clearly successful, but how good is he?

One of the most popular pages on the old Tripod site was my rant about Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. It has reappeared on my personal blog as Pop history, pseudohistory, and The Da Vinci Code. Thoroughly revised.


1 Comment

Posted by on December 23, 2006 in HSC, questions asked, student help, writing


Tags: , ,

One response to “How can I write better short stories?

  1. bickbrown

    December 24, 2006 at 1:28 am

    Nice meeting you. I’m blundering my way around Word Press trying to find fellow writers and readers.

%d bloggers like this: