Fast Fiction: How to Write a QUICK Short Story

Fast Fiction: How to Write a QUICK Short Story

You want to write a short story. I covered how to write your first one here, but I receive questions about it every week. There’s nothing much to it, I swear.

If you want more information, check out Story Power.

The above graphic may help too.


  1. Start With a Character…
  2. … With a Motive, And…
  3. Intrigue.

And the tip: entertain yourself, and you’ll entertain readers. The tip’s vital. If you’re intrigued by your story, your readers will be too.

Start with an appealing character for your genre

If you know your genre, you’re golden. As I said here:

Readers have favorite genres. I love Westerns and will read just about anything with cowboys and horses. I also love Victorian fiction, so stories set in the past appeal to me.

If you have a favorite genre, think about the tropes in that genre. Or about your favorite novel. What stirs your imagination about it?

Currently there’s a huge writing industry that’s sprung up around Jane Austen’s novels. Austen’s novels are in the public domain, because they were published a couple of centuries ago.

So, choose a genre first. Then mix it up, if you like. Let’s say you’re writing a JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction) story. Your heroine is Lizzie Bennett. She’s at Pemberley, and she thinks she spots Mr. Darcy in the shrubbery. It’s not Darcy. It’s a ghost of one of Darcy’s ancestors, who gives Lizzie a warning, and… I won’t go on, I’m starting to become intrigued. 🙂

With this story, you’ve combined JAFF with a touch of the paranormal.

Aim to finish your short story in an afternoon

Fast fiction stories are short. You’re making a single point. Stick with a couple of scenes, and your story will be around 3,000 words. That’s a good length if you’re using the story for promotion, or you can combine several of them for a quick ebook.

Have fun. 🙂

Story Power: short stories made easy

Story Power

Story Power — insider secrets of writing short stories and making them work for you: writing serials, and series.

Write with me: over four weeks, you’ll discover HOW to not only write short fiction, but also make money at it. I make a very nice income ghostwriting fiction for clients, and also selling my own short fiction under various genre pen names.

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.