How to Write a Short Story Outline

Writing a short story can often be intimidating, even if you've finished a novel recently or some other grand project. Despite it's brevity, a short story is much looser in its structure and up for a lot of interpretation. Because of this, if you're struggling with short fiction, it becomes difficult to look to classic structure for guidance—even if you're writing a more structureless piece.

Plus, not only is the structure much different, but it also requires more efficiency with your words, which is why knowing how to write a short story outline can be a lifesaver for some in the brainstorming phase, and even great for writers approaching second and third drafts!

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How to Write a Short Story Step-by-Step

When you talk to most writers, you'll find that they often discuss how difficult it is to write a novel. And in many ways they are right. Writing a novel is grueling. It requires endurance, patience, and a lot of persevering through your own ideas.

As a result, there are tons of resources available to writers on how to write a novel, but very rarely are there guides on how to write a short story step-by-step. Writing a novel feels like much more of an achievement than writing a short story after all. Plus, there are so many different ways to write a short story, far more than writing a novel in fact, that finding one way to do it that works for everyone is impossible.

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The Short Story Shuffle: 12 Months of Short Story Writing

With the new year here already, many writers set big writing goals for themselves with the hopes that they'll finally write that novel or finish that screenplay. Such an achievement is definitely something to be proud about, but for many writers can lead to disappointment.

For instance, often you may not write a novel that year—a huge task—which leads to disappointment. Or, you may finish the novel only to realize it is total trash for various reasons. Maybe it's because you didn't plan ahead of time or maybe you did too much planning. However things go down, attempting this task alone is something to be proud of. 

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How to Write Video Game Characters

At this point in the series on how to write a video game script, you’ve brainstormed your idea and built out the world, meaning you’re now ready to fill that world with characters.

If you aren’t sure what this is referring to or haven’t yet built out your video game world, be sure to navigate back to the first post in the series using the navigation below:

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How to Create a Video Game World

Now that you’ve learned how to approach writing a video game script, you’re now ready to start building the world of your narrative and start bringing it to life. 

Though you can write a novel without doing any world building, it is absolutely essential for video games, as that is how all players will experience your story.

You cannot explore a video game through the mind, through contemplation and through thought the way you might in a novel—there always must be something for your character (and player) to wander through for your story to be a video game and not a movie or a TV series.

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