Getting Started On A Short Story

  1. Having trouble getting started? Try freewriting. The rules are simple: sit down with a pen and paper and write for ten minutes. Don’t stop to think. Don’t let the pen come off the page. This classic exercise is designed to give your subconscious ideas a chance to emerge without being impeded by the censoring “filter” of your conscious mind. Some writers like to keep a notebook near their bed, so they can write immediately upon waking, before the distractions and demands of the day have a chance to stifle creativity.
  2. Still having trouble getting started? Page through your local newspaper and identify three articles that might provide good material for a short story. Don’t neglect the local news section—often the most compelling (and bizarre) human-interest stories are found there.

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