Mistakes Every Short Story Writer Should Avoid

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If your aim at pendidikan.co.idLinks to an external site. is to become a serious story writer and you are not just wasting your time, then it is imperative for you to identify your errors and erase them. You have to take out that extra time and take the initiative to find better ideas and remove your errors if you wish to produce better work!

Here are a few common mistakes which you will do well to avoid:

Confusion: Having the mechanics correct is a must. Mixing format, construction, structure, or points of view results in the reader being confused. Also not following the guidelines for the genre can result in readers who expect certain elements that are missing or misused.

No originality: A writer should be able to “twist” the old idea in a new way or concept. There are no new basic ideas left, true, but each idea can be addressed differently.

Too much detail and information: Remember, short stories must be short. If too many sub-plots, too much information, too many characters find their way into the story, the length of the explanatory textLinks to an external site. moves from short story to novella or novel. Therefore, the writer needs to decide on one plot, one major conflict, and what details are absolutely necessary to move the story along.

Inadequate research: Even stories need to have correct information. Placing a real town in the wrong part of a state causes a lack of credibility.

Too much exposition at the beginning: We have a short time to catch the attention of a reader. Therefore, a writer needs to “hook” the reader immediately. Starting with some action is one good technique. If action can’t be used at the very beginning, then have some within the first three or four (and that’s stretching it) paragraphs.

5 Tips For Writing Mystery Short Stories

The best way of getting thorough in a particular genre of short story writing is to read as many stories as one can. However, when writing mystery short stories, one needs to follow a general pattern and some specific rules. Here are some tips and guidelines for writing short stories based on mystery:


The plot is the hero of a mystery story. The plot should be gripping and tightly built. Any loose point weakens the reader’s interest in the story.

The crime, the culprit and the detective should be introduced early in the story in a procedure textLinks to an external site.. They are the ones that keep the reader hooked to the story.

The crime should be sufficiently horrid enough to make the reader find it worth in spending his time on the story. However, avoid some types of violence including rape, child molestation, and cruelty to animals. Again, make sure the crime is plausible. Your reader will feel cheated if the crime is not something that could really happen.

The culprit or the villain, who commits the murder, should be capable of committing the crime, both physically and emotionally.

Keep the suspense hidden as long as possible. If you reveal the culprit or the suspense too early in the book, the reader will have no reason to continue reading.

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