MONDAY 28th October – DAY 4 BONUS EXTRA DAY
1 It’s fun.
2 It doesn’t take long.
3 Through the internet you can now find readers far more easily than a writer ever could before.
4 Modern printing technology means that you can, if you wish, publish your own work in printed form at dramatically
less expense than you could even five years ago.
5 If you have ambitions to be a novelist or a screenwriter, learning to master the short-story form will be excellent
6 If you do manage to get published in one of the small magazines, you may be approached by a literary agent. This
is, believe me, a far more effective method of making contact with them than writing to them direct.
7 There are numerous competitions for short-story writers, some of which offer substantial prizes and have
some standing in the literary world.
8 A short story can be about absolutely anything. It can be set in this world or the next, or on a planet ten light-years
away; the chief character can be a contemporary Englishman or a prehistoric dinosaur; the ending can be tragic,
comic, or anything in between. In other words, the author of a short story enjoys total freedom in the choice of
subject matter, setting, timescale, final effect, and any other factor that you care to mention. You don’t have to
take orders from an editor, producer, or director.
9 If you have a yearning to perform on a public stage, you can give readings of your work.
10 To make a start, you really don’t need anything more than a pad of paper and few pens. Although, these days,
access to a computer and some technical skill with same is going to be a great asset.
Three Basic Requirements
In order to write short stories you need a minimum of three things:
1 Materials. This means that you need some story ideas – something to write about.
2 Technique – a method of converting the original idea, or inspiration, into a story.
3 A facility with words. In short, you need to be able to write effective English prose.