, brief fictional prose narrative that is shorter than a novel and that usually deals with only a few characters.
An author blogs about why we should write short stories to become better at writing in general [read more].
An interesting article about the significance of short stories and why we should try writing them [read more].
A basic 'how to' guide, including tips such as: Eavesdropping and Using Your Own Memory [read more].
Author Susmita Bhattacharya offers 10 of her best tips for short story writing [read more].
Award-winning writer Eliza Robertson shares her advice on writing engaging, gripping short stories [read more].
Author and editor Noelle Sterne challenges budding authors to think about 'expansion' [read more].
Recorded on ABC Radio, presenters interview author Paddy O'Reilly [download audio].
Australian Short Story Writers - Find all Australian writers of short stories who have articles on Wikipedia.
Spineless Wonders - an Australian publisher of short stories, featuring our home-grown short story authors and much more.
Australian Short Story Festival - an annual celebration of our nation's best short stories.
Creative Writing Now provides 44 short story prompts including:
Visit the website for more prompts
Short Story Plot Generator - try out this random story prompt generator!
In this interview with Rich Fahle of Bibliostar.TV, bestselling author Stephen King discusses the art of writing short stories and short fiction, and the fact that many writers today forgo the short story to write the novel, sometimes before they are ready to navigate "the quagmire of the novel."
In this brief video, Vonnegut offers eight essential tips on how to write a short story:
Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Every sentence must do one of two things--reveal character or advance the action.
Start as close to the end as possible.
Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them--in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
There are no rules with short story writing but this guide contains some suggestions that should help most people to improve their writing.
Use the Bitesize guide on Short Stories to quickly revise ways to improve short story writing.
Covers topics like: Characters, Plot, Settings, Dialogue, Openings and Endings and much more.