The 5 Elements Of A Short Story

Rachel Poli

What goes into a short story? Well, the same elements for novels, for the most part.

Setting, theme, plot, conflict, and characters. Those are the most important pieces of any story. Still, since short stories are short, you have to get right down to business right away.

The 5 elements of short stories1. Jump into the conflict right away

When it comes to writing short stories, you don’t have a lot of time to get to the heart of it all. You don’t need to talk about your protagonist waking up and groggily trying to decide what to have for breakfast. Have them wake up because someone is waking them in a frantic panic or something.

2. Give everything a purpose

Everything your protagonist does should advance the plot. Every other character your protagonist interacts with should advance the plot.

Short stories can have subplots, but allow it to tie into the overall master plot…

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