This storyline is one of the seven basic plots, and it describes the plot of some of our favorites stories, including illustrate, sometimes discovering a fortune will destroy your life.
In film, it’s called the meet cute, when the hero bumps into the heroine in the hallway, knocking her books to the floor, and forcing them into conversation.
Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, they make great stories. As you write, be sure to keep this in mind:“Every story has an end, but in life every ending is just a new beginning,” says Dakota Fanning’s character in do, and so do the characters in your short stories.
However, your characters’ secret fears and insecurities are actually the source of their power.
One more pop quiz: What do Edgar Allen Poe, Ron Weasley, King Saul from the Bible, Odysseus, and Ebeneezer Scrooge have in common?
Each of these characters* from literary classics saw ghosts! Check out our article, 3 reasons to write about ghosts.*Edgar Allen Poe was not exactly a character, but he was the narrator of “The Raven.”Whether it’s a friendship or a romantic relationship or even the relationship between a parent and his or her child, write about the end of a character’s relationship.
Most writers have too many short story ideas, not too few. Stop worrying about finding the best idea and choose one that’s good enough (or even an idea you’ve already started).
However, therein lies the problem, because the more ideas you have, the harder it can be to choose the best one. Your goal isn’t to have the best ideas, it’s to have the best short stories. Some websites give 44 story ideas, 100 ideas, or even 1,000, and while that can be fun, it kind of defeats the purpose.
What happens next is an awkward, endearing conversation between the future lovers. What happens next is one of the most famous encounters with a monstrous criminal in short fiction.
Monsters, whether people who do monstrous things or scaly beasts or a monster of a natural disaster, reveal what’s really inside a person.