How to write a good short story for english exam

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How to Write a Short Story - Writing Tips

Well, there are a lot of techniques for short story writing. Many of which will posted here over time. In this post, I just want to give you some "quick and dirty" tips for writing good short stories when you are not so good at it and you are under the pressure of time in the CXC CSEC exam room.

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book. Do you have a short story assignment due tomorrow morning? Good luck! For those of you who are looking for more long-term writing strategies , here are some additional ideas. Read a LOT of Chekhov. Then re-read it. He will teach you more than any writing teacher or workshop ever could.

7 Steps to Write a Short Story

A short story is a type of prose fiction. Prose simply means it is written in sentences and paragraphs, and is not a poem or play-script. Fiction means the story is made up, though of course you can base your story on something that has really happened. A short story is not a cut-down novel. In a novel the author has time to develop characters and show us many events in their lives. A short story takes characters at an important point in their lives and gives us a snapshot of a significant moment.

Not all English as a second language exams have the option of writing a short story, but the Cambridge First Certificate exam does, and so do some others, so it is necessary to know how to write one. Students often choose to write a story in the second part of the writing section in Cambridge First Certificate thinking that it will be easier than the other options because it is less formal and more imaginative. Imagination is called for, it's true, but also good organization and careful attention to some specific rules and guidelines. I will use the Cambridge First Certificate exam's rules as an example in this article, but the general principles outlined here would apply to the writing of stories in other exams as well. First of all, stay within the word limit. If the instructions say to write the story in to words, then do so.

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