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Write Short Stories for MoneyThe old saying says that each of us has a novel inside us, but what about writing short stories for money? Many people are finding that writing stories is a good way of earning a little extra cash, and in these days of internet publishing there are many outlets that allow you to publish short stories and to possibly make some money from your efforts.
Of course, there is the story itself - where does it come from? In truth you do not have to be a superbly accomplished writer to put a good idea across, but it's having that idea that counts. Here are a few tips on how to go about writing stories for money.
Start with a clean sheet of paper
Begin at the beginning, in other words; take a sheet of paper and jot down some ideas, phrases or words that may have inspired you to come up with a story. Don't be afraid to draw on personal experience - every great author includes elements of people they know in their books
Keep a notebook
On the bus, the train, or simply walking about town you will see and hear things that may be of use; a joke in a bar, a chance comment overheard - all can be useful in writing a short story.
Develop the idea
Create a structure - decide what your story is going to be about, and then look for the beginning, the middle and the end. The plot may be very, very simple indeed; it's what is written - and how - that is important. Add a subplot for increased interest, or develop a different story alongside the one you begin with; keeping the reader wanting more is the key to success.
Once you have a first draft invite a friend or relative to review it; ask them for serious, constructive criticism. There will be much more to remove than there will to add - why use ten words when one will do?
In the first instance do not be afraid to be farfetched and adventurous; stories do not have to be real, and some genre - the sci-fi realm for one - can be other worldly and, frankly, almost unbelievable.
Submit to publishing sites
If you use our search engine you will find a number of online sources for publishing short stories; use these to your advantage, and also take note of the many self publishing outlets that are offering print on demand services. This way, when you have a selection of stories ready to publish, you can publish economically.
The most important point of all is to enjoy your writing - there is no point struggling with a story if it is merely a chore. Use writing as a release, a get away from it all pastime and who knows - soon you may be a published author!