Why You Should Do Short Story Writing Exercises

Why You Should Do Short Story Writing Exercises


One of the best ways to become a better short story writer is by practising. In this post, we discuss why you should do short story writing exercises.

In a previous post, we spoke about writing the book, Write the Crap Out of It, a book about the craft of short story writing. Then we discussed writing a book blurb for a short story collection.

In this post, we tell you why you should complete all of the short story writing exercises in the book.

Why You Should Do Short Story Writing Exercises

Each section of Write the Crap Out of It discusses a particular aspect of the short story writing process and ends with an exercise to put what you have learnt into practice. You really should do all 27 exercises in the book.

Each exercise has been developed to teach and challenge you as a writer. The online writing community on Deadlines For Writers is an extension of this book. Once you have completed your exercises you can post it under your profile on the site. You post one exercise and comment on four other posts for that exercise. It is a wonderful place to learn and grow.

Here are some of the things you will learn:

  1. The importance of writing goals.
  2. What a short story entails.
  3. How to evaluate short stories.
  4. How to develop your process.
  5. What to look for when you read short stories.
  6. How to start a short story.
  7. How to create goals for your characters.
  8. How to figure out the viewpoint character.
  9. How to create those characters.
  10. Why is the antagonist so important?
  11. How to introduce conflict.
  12. How to use an easy process.
  13. How to lengthen and shorten your short story.
  14. How to show and not tell.
  15. How to include setting and description.
  16. How to experiment.
  17. How to use viewpoint.
  18. Which tense is the best for your story?

So, download the book and start writing.

Each one of the topics and exercises will encourage will you to write and explore new stories and then challenge you to rewrite those stories. You really should do all 27 exercises in the book. To join the community you can buy the eBook and follow the sign-up instructions carefully.

If you have any queries, please mail me at mia@12shortstories.com.

I hope you enjoyed this post. It is one in a series of posts celebrating short stories, our online writing community, and the launch of this awesome book. Read all the posts here:

  1. Write The Crap Out Of It And Other Short Story Writing Advice
  2. How To Write A Book Blurb For Your Short Story Collection
  3. Why You Should Do Short Story Writing Exercises
  4. 5 Reasons To Join A Short Story Writing Community
  5. 12 More Reasons To Write Short Stories

 by Mia Botha

Buy Mia’s book on short stores: Write the crap out of it and other short story writing advice

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Top Tip: If you want to learn how to show and not tell, buy  this workbook: How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories. If you’re looking for a course, sign up for Short Cuts.