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234 Short Story Ideas for Writers

234 very clever ideas that will enable you to write unique, compelling and successful short stories faster and easier than ever before.

79 pages, ebook (PDF), £6.99

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Why you need this book

In today's ultra-competitive writing and publishing market, you need every advantage you can get. That's where our inspiring collection of writing ideas can help you.

Each of the 35 books in the ideas4writers collection is packed with versatile ideas, expert tips, and easy-to-implement practical advice.

You'll soon be writing brilliant books, amazing articles, and standout stories that will have readers, editors and publishers longing for more.

The SHORT STORIES collection includes:

  • A story writing masterclass
  • The 11 fundamentals of short story writing
  • 8 inside tips from the short story masters
  • 6 easy short story structures that work
  • 4 easy ways to build great stories quickly
  • 9 great ways to begin your stories
  • 6 great ways to end your stories
  • 54 great ways to find all the ideas you'll ever need
  • 10 secrets that will help you get published
  • 11 types of market for your stories
  • Inside secrets of winning writing competitions
  • Plus 109 great storylines you can use or adapt as you wish
  • And much more - far too many great ideas to list here!

Be a more inspired, more productive and more successful writer with the ideas4writers ideas collection.

Excerpt: Competitions

Competitions are a great way to get your short story published. The bigger competitions have substantial prizes and attract interest from publishers and agents. So here are some ideas on how to win short story competitions.

  • Be original, or even a little daring - you aren't restricted to the cosy tales that many magazines insist on.
  • If you're given a theme, avoid the obvious - the judges will be sick of reading the same story over and over again and will look for something that stands out.
  • Include plenty of dialogue - many entries have little or no dialogue, and the judges hate that.
  • Double-check the rules and ensure that your story is well-edited and professionally presented - up to a third of the entrants will be eliminated because of this.
  • Include memorable characters and give them plenty of emotional depth.
  • Show off your writing skills and be more literary than you normally would.
  • Demonstrate a sense of humour, even in dark stories.

Any competition win will boost your morale and look good on your CV or résumé, so you might like to try entering smaller ones with lower prize money as well as the big ones. The smaller competitions attract fewer entries so you'll have a much better chance of winning. There are always plenty of competitions going on, and you'd be hard pushed to enter all of them, though it would be very worthwhile. And if you don't win, you're free
to submit your story to magazines too - a built-in second chance!

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Buy the complete Volume 2 (General Fiction - 6 books in 1)

Includes: Fiction, Novels, Plays, Screenplays,
Short Stories, Storylines

1,100 very clever ideas, 408 pages

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