There is a general format that you should follow when you craft your stories.
Telling is giving cold hard facts, blunt descriptions or telling the reader information without letting them use their imagination.
Just a side note…
We can’t do away with telling altogether in creative writing. There are times when you need to skip over non-critical parts to get to the interesting stuff. You may need to set the scene or provide an explanation of an event this is where telling is perfect.
When you’re writing you want to create a believable character. It’s best to base it on someone you know and add or modify from there- truth really is stranger than fiction.
Consider how you character will speak, think and act and be consistent.
Symbols and Motifs
The best short stories have strong symbols and motifs. Symbols are objects that represent other thing but don’t repeat across the story (those are motifs). A motif is a recurring element in your story that keeps your main idea or theme in focus.
A magnifying glass can symbolise investigation and mystery while the repeated presence of Harry Potter’s scar is a motif for both the theme of love and his destiny to triumph over Lord Voldemort.
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