Dear Michael, I love your website and its pertinent personal comments re the comps.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, George R. I have more ideas now than I could ever write up. Short Story Ideas With that in mind, why not use these ten short story ideas to write your first ten stories, one per week, over the next ten weeks?
Here are the short story ideas: Tell the story of a scar, whether a physical scar or emotional one. Think for a few moments about a moment in your life when you were wounded, whether physically or emotionally.
Then, write a story, true or fictional, involving that wound. Half of them involved a character dying. Think about your favorite films or novels.
Instead, they look it directly into its dark face and describe what they see on the page. Beside the fact that they are characters in some of the bestselling stories of all time?
Orphans are uniquely vulnerable, and as such, they have the most potential for growth.
Read more about why you should be writing stories about orphans here. One more pop quiz: Have your character find one. Check out our article, 3 reasons to write about ghosts. More Short Story Ideas Ready to get writing?
A character living in poverty comes into an unexpected fortune. However, not all fortunes are good. In another story, they meet on a bus and her broach gets stuck on his coat.
In another, they both reach for the last pair of gloves at the department store. What happens next is an awkward, endearing conversation between the future lovers. First, setup the collision. Then, let us see how they handle it. Your character is on a journey. However, they are interrupted by a natural disaster OR an accident.
What happens next is one of the most famous encounters with a monstrous criminal in short fiction. Let your character fall into the path of a monster and see how they handle themselves. I recently combined idea 7, the unexpected fortune, along with idea 5, end of a relationship, to create this idea: I then posted the idea for feedback in Becoming Writer.
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Inside you’ll learn the best techniques for doing it well, and using those pieces as a springboard for lengthier works. The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition was launched by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, the Society’s inaugural Vice-Patron, during a visit to Ghana International School in Accra in the presence of more than one thousand school children.