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Editing Your Short Stories

Writing a story of 3.000 words or less is different from writing a full-length book or even a story of 10.000 words. The shorter the story, the more important it is to get your reader ‘in the story’ as soon as possible, but also to give your story a good plot and ending. If you are used to writing longer pieces, it can feel strange to write shorter stories. The trick to keeping your stories tight and engaging lies in the editing. If you edit your story well, it will become more powerful. Editing tips Sit down, write your story and then let it rest for a day or two before you sit down to edit it. The following tips

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Self Editing

It is one thing to write a story, but something else to edit it. There’s always the option to send the first version of your text – whether short or longer – off to an editor, but there are a lot of things you can do to self edit your texts. The Editing Checklist Mechanics Capitalize the first word of each sentence. Capitalize all proper nouns (place, people, titles). End each sentence with a period, a question mark or an exclamation point. Use punctuation correctly. Check your spelling. Indent the beginning of each new paragraph (this is optional). Grammar Check for sentence fragments and remove them, unless they have a real purpose. There are no run-on sentences that should be

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Writing Process

  The writing process consist of five steps, but they are not linear. You can move on to the next step, back to a previous one and then on to the next one again. PREWRITING Getting your thoughts down on paper – freewrite, brainstorm, outline, notes. Begin with a thought web or word list and brainstorm ideas. Decide on a purpose, audience, format and tone. Think about what you want to say. Then, create a plan to organize your ideas. Select key ideas and questions to get you started. WRITING (DRAFTING) Putting your ideas and thoughts together – sentences and paragraphs. Write your ideas in order and choose one or more to start your writing. Write out the details with

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