So you’ve finished writing your short story, but you’re not sure if it’s good enough. In this post, we discuss why you need a short story checklist.
Why You Need A Short Story Checklist
I can still remember the first short story I wrote and submitted. I was terrified. The whole idea of sharing my story, my writing, with other people was debilitating.
I even put off finishing my stories so that I wouldn’t have to show them to anyone, and, when I finally did finish a story, I hid it away and didn’t tell a soul. Eventually, I came to realise that if I wanted to be a writer I had to start sharing my work.
How I Created The Checklist
I had spent hours reading and researching short stories. I wanted my story to be perfect (they were anything but), but the more I wrote the more I started figuring out what I had to do to write short stories. I started creating a checklist.
Along the way, I was lucky enough to win a major short story competition – The Mills&Boon Voice of Africa.
Years later, I still love short stories. They are my passion. I have even created a website and on online community for short story writers. I have spent hours writing them and this checklist is a tool I use to make sure I’ve not lost the plot. Literally.
This isn’t a rigid list of rules that you must use. I am a great believer in ‘to each to his own’ when it comes to writing, but it does help to have a framework to refer to before submitting. A framework I wish I had when I first started.
The checklist grew and became a class that became the Short Story Checklist Workbook.
How It Will Help You
- This workbook will help you identify what is missing in your short story.
- It’ll help you figure out what to cut.
- It’ll help you decide how much story you need.
- It’ll give you an overview of the art of the short story.
- It becomes an evaluation tool for your (and other writers’) stories.
The workbook explains each step. It is broken down into 29 sections.
With the workbook, you receive a downloadable version of the checklist to print as many times as you need it.
I have used it for flash fiction, stories of 2000 words, and stories of 6000 words. It works for all of them.
Buy it now: Short Story Checklist Workbook
by Mia Botha
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