Four Simple Steps to Crafting a Short Story

Don't let the idea of writing a short story crush you! Today, please welcome our guest post author, Renee Antonia, where she reveals four simple steps to crafting a short story. 


by: Renee Antonia

I have been writing short stories consistently for about a year now, and whenever I think about writing one, I follow these few steps to make sure it is the best it can possibly be.

1. What is the plot of the story?  Obviously the plot and storyline of a short story is one of the most important parts of writing one.  There are many different plot styles you can follow. There are stories that just consist of dialogue.  Some stories that show a single action scene, and even some stories that tell an entire story from start to end.  As well as knowing what the story will be about, you need to create some characters that will add to the story. Your characters should feel like they belong in the world you are placing them in.  If they don’t, then change them. If you don’t have strong characters, then you don’t have a strong story, no matter how amazing your plot is. Figuring these two incredibly important factors out from the very beginning will help the writing process run a lot smoother.

2. Come up with background information (even if you are the only one who knows it).  Short stories are only about 1,000 words, which means that the story you are telling has to be very concise and, well, short.  You can’t fit much detail into the story that doesn’t necessarily have to do with the main plot point. However, that should not stop you from giving the story some background.  Maybe think about why a character reacts to a situation a certain way, or why a problem came to be. If you know some extra information about the characters and/or the world they live in while writing, the story will sound and feel complete to the reader.

3. Start Writing.  This is the simplest, yet hardest step.  Once you have a storyline and a solid set of characters, it is time for you to write the story. What I find myself doing a lot of the time is writing everything I want to write, and then going in and editing it.  Once you get everything on a piece of paper, you can start to see what fits in with the story and what doesn’t.

4. Edit & Name.  Once you have written it out and pre-edited it, you can start to do the real edits.  This includes checking grammar and making sure everything sounds like one cohesive piece.  This may take a while, and be prepared to erase and rewrite sentences or paragraphs multiple times.  It is usually at this stage that I am most likely to erase everything I have already wrote and do a complete rewrite.  Be prepared for it. Once all of the editing is done, you can name your short story. The name can be anything you’d like, just make sure it’s something that compliments your story.  Once you’re done with this, your short story is finished!


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About the Author

Renee Antonia grew up in the Los Angeles area with four siblings and two wonderful parents. Having such a strong support system enabled her to decide who and what she wanted to be. However, this question haunted her for years, because she couldn't quite pinpoint what exactly she saw herself doing for the rest of her life. She began to read a lot, hoping to find inspiration between the pages of a book. It was at this time that she realized one thing. She loved sharing, reading, and writing. Renee decided that she wanted to be a writer, and since that day, she has taken any steps necessary to achieve that goal.

You can find Renee Antonia at:
Website: www.writingsbyrenee.com
Instagram:    Instagram.com/renee_antonia_
Pinterest:    Pinterest.com/writingsbyrenee
Goodreads:    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16771475.Renee_Antonia

And! Be sure to come back next week when I review Renee's YA novel, I'm Not Okay. There will be a chance for one lucky winner to receive a paperback copy of Renee's book!

 

This guest post is part of Renee's Wow! Women on Writing Book Tour, promoting her new book, I'm Not OKAY


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Check out the tour schedule and follow along all month!

Renee Antonia’s

 

WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR

OF

I’m Not Okay

 

Tour Begins April 23rd

 

Book Summary

 

When she wakes up in the morning, the first thing that goes through Alejandra's head is whether or not she will be forced into another anxiety-inducing situation. The struggles of being a young adult living with an anxiety-ridden brain become too much for Alejandra to deal with. So, with the help of her friends, she forces herself out of the bubble her anxiety has placed her in. She learns to conquer the fears she once thought would destroy her and learns to rely on herself more than she ever has.

 

Print Length: 203 pages

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Publisher: BookBaby (June 24, 2017)

ISBN-13: 9781483598062

 

I'm Not Okay is available as an eBook at Amazon.comBarnes and Noble,  and Apple iTunes

 

About the Author

 

Renee Antonia grew up in the Los Angeles area with four siblings and two wonderful parents. Having such a strong support system enabled her to decide who and what she wanted to be. However, this question haunted her for years, because she couldn't quite pinpoint what exactly she saw herself doing for the rest of her life. She began to read a lot, hoping to find inspiration between the pages of a book. It was at this time that she realized one thing. She loved sharing, reading, and writing. Renee decided that she wanted to be a writer, and since that day, she has taken any steps necessary to achieve that goal.

 

You can find Renee Antonia at:

 

Website: www.writingsbyrenee.com

 

Instagram: Instagram.com/renee_antonia_

 

Pinterest: Pinterest.com/writingsbyrenee

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16771475.Renee_Antonia

 

--- Blog Tour Dates (in Chronological Order)---

 

April 23rd @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Come by Women on Writing's blog The Muffin and read our interview with Renee Antonia and enter to win a copy of the book I'm Not Okay. 

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/


April 24th @ The World of My Imagination

Flex that imagination muscle when you come by Nicole's book and writing blog to read her opinion on Renee Antonia's book.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

 

April 25th @ Bring on Lemons

Get out that lemonade, when you check out Crystal's blog today and see what she thought about I'm Not Okay by Renee Antonia.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

April 26th @ Madeline Sharples Blog

Renee Antonia will be a guest writer today at Madeline Sharples' blog and will be talking about mental health, a very timely and important subject.

http://madelinesharples.com/

 

April 27th @ Lori's Reading Corner

Plant yourself into your reading corner while you read Lori's blog, where you'll have a chance to read another guest post by Renee Antonia.

www.lorisreadingcorner.com

 

April 28th @ Bookworm Blog

If you can't get enough books, come by Anjanette's bookworm blog to find out Renee Antonia's thoughts on mental health.

http://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

 

April 29th @ The Page Turner

Kayla over at her blog The Page Turner will be hosting Renee Antonia, who will be sharing her thoughts on short stories.

http://www.thepageturner.org/blog

 

April 30th @ The Nerdy Bookcase

Come by Molly's blog The Nerdy Bookcase to read her thoughts on Renee Antonia's book I'm Not Okay. 

https://www.thenerdybookcase.blogspot.com/

 

May 1st @ Mari's #WriteON!Journaling Blog

Make sure you visit Mari's blog where you can read another guest post by Renee Antonia on the poignant subject of mental health.

http://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog

 

May 2nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Drink coffee and read Lacey's blog today where you can catch Renee Antonia's thoughts on the books she is currently reading. You can also find out what Lacey had to say about Renee Antonia’s book, I’m Not Okay.

http://www.coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

 

May 3rd @ Write Like Crazy

Today's blog post will want to make you read like crazy when you catch Renee Antonia's thoughts on short stories over at Mary Jo's blog.

writelikecrazy.com

 

May 4th @ Phytallic Blog

May the 4th be with you today when you visit Phytallic's blog and read her opinion on the book I'm Not Okay. 

https://phytallic.wordpress.com/

 

May 5th @ Bookworm Blog

Can't get enough books? Well come by Anjanette's blog today when she shares her thoughts on the book I'm Not Okay and interviews the author Renee Antonia.

http://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

 

May 6th @ Mark Hunter's Blog

Stop by Mark Hunter's blog to find out Renee Antonia's thoughts on writing while working full time. Also, Mark interviews the author to tell us more about this incredible writer.

markrhunter.blogspot.com

 

May 7th @ A New Look on Books

Take a new look today when you stop by Rae's blog A New Look on Books when author Renee Antonia shares her thoughts on short stories.

http://anewlookonbooks.com/

 

May 8th @ The Page Turner

Kayla over at her blog The Page Turner will be sharing her thoughts on Renee Antonia’s bookI’m Not Okay.

http://www.thepageturner.org/blog

 

May 9th @ Life, So Daily

Renee Antonia will be stopping by Alicia Rust's blog Life, So Daily and sharing her thoughts with a guest post on mental health. 

http://www.lifesodaily.com/

 

May 11th @ The Faerie Review

Come by Lily's blog at The Faerie Review to find out her thoughts on Renee Antonia's book, I'm Not Okay. 

http://www.thefaeriereview.com/

 

May 12th @ The Faerie Review

Stop by The Faerie Review again when blogger Lily interviews Renee Antonia about her book. See what this young adult fiction author had to say!

http://www.thefaeriereview.com/

 

May 13th @ Making LOL

Join Herlina at her blog today and find out what Renee Antonia has to say about mental health, a perfect conversation piece today.

https://makinglol.com/

 

May 14th @ Life, So Daily

Come by Alicia’s blog Life, So Daily to find out her thoughts on Renee Antonia’s book I’m Not Okay.

http://www.lifesodaily.com/

 

May 18th @ Strength4Spouses

Renee Antonia will be over at Wendi's blog Strength4Spouses and will discuss mental health. Maybe this will give you strength to talk about this subject with those closest to you.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

May 21st @ Strength 4 Spouses

The last stop on the tour is over at Wendi's blog Strength4Spouses when she shares her thoughts on Renee Antonia's book I'm Not Okay. 

https://strength4spouses.blog/