Here’s my advice: If you’re in the mood to begin a new short story, stop trying to find the best short story idea. More ideas won’t help you if you don’t write them, and they might just distract you from your true purpose.
To my mind, it’s the execution that is all-important.”The best short story idea in the world won’t help you if you don’t write it, and a mediocre idea can be made into an award winning story if it’s written well.
One more pop quiz: What do Edgar Allen Poe, Ron Weasley, King Saul from the Bible, Odysseus, and Ebeneezer Scrooge have in common?
Each of these characters* from literary classics saw ghosts! Check out our article, 3 reasons to write about ghosts.*Edgar Allen Poe was not exactly a character, but he was the narrator of “The Raven.”Whether it’s a friendship or a romantic relationship or even the relationship between a parent and his or her child, write about the end of a character’s relationship.
Dive into them and you’ll unlock a captivating story.
For more, read our article When You Don’t Know What to Write, Write About Your Insecurities.
That same year, all 13 of the novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize involved the theme of death. How many of them either show a character die or have the character’s dealing with the death of another.orphans, and statistically they appear in stories far more often than in the world.
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.
Then, write a story, true or fictional, involving that wound.
In 2011, 20 short stories were published in Half of them involved a character dying.