Presentation on theme: "Creating your own story... From Reading to Writing Stories such as “The Masque of the Red Death” may horrify you, while other stories delight you with."— Presentation transcript:
Creating your own story... From Reading to Writing Stories such as “The Masque of the Red Death” may horrify you, while other stories delight you with humor, suspense, or surprises. You not only have the opportunity to read the stories of others, but you can also create stories of your own that will affect others. Short Story
Creating your own story... A short story uses characters, action, and setting to explore a conflict and create an experience that engages readers. Like all literary works worth reading, short stories entertain us and touch our feelings. At the same time, they teach us something worth remembering. Short Story
B a s i c s i n a B o x Short Story at a Glance RUBRIC Standards for Writing A successful short story should use the elements of character, setting, and plot to create a convincing world use techniques such as vivid sensory language, concrete details, and dialogue to create believable characters and setting develop and resolve a central conflict present a clear sequence of events maintain a consistent point of view introducing the char- acters describing the setting Introduction resolving the conflict telling the last event introducing the conflict telling a sequence of events developing main characters building toward a climax BodyConclusion Sets the stage by Develops the plot byFinishes the story by
Writing Your Short Story 1 Prewriting To imagine yourself inside another person... is what a story writer does in every piece of work.... Eudora Welty To imagine yourself inside another person... is what a story writer does in every piece of work.... Eudora Welty
Listing interesting settings, characters, and conflicts. Mix and match them, or ask yourself what story each might inspire. Remembering your daydreams. Contemplating recent news stories. Recalling experiences from your life. Look for ideas for your story by Writing Your Short Story 1 Prewriting
Planning Your Short Story 1.Imagine the characters and setting. Who will be in the story and how will you show their personality traits? What setting will you use? 2.Think through the plot. What are the main events? What is the conflict? Will the conflict be resolved? If so, how? You might make a sequence chart to help you organize your ideas. beginningevent 1event 2event 3 final event/ resolution
Planning Your Short Story 3. Choose a narrator. Who will tell your story? Will the story be told from the first-person or third-person point of view? 4. Create a mood. Will your story be frightening, humorous, or mysterious? 5. Identify your goals and audience. Are you writing for children, your peers, or a general audience?
Writing Your Short Story 2 Drafting Begin your story wherever you like—at the beginning, the conclusion, or the incident that triggers the conflict. Many good stories begin in the middle and then go back to the beginning to provide more information. Remember, however, that the order of events must be clear.
Writing Your Short Story 2 Drafting Flesh Out the Characters To make your characters real, use description dialogue action
Writing Your Short Story 2 Drafting Use Description to Show Rather Than Tell Your Story For instance, instead of telling the readers that Seth and Caleb disappeared, the writer uses description to show them disappearing: “A ray of light fell onto them. As if they were floating on the beam, they slowly faded away.”
Writing Your Short Story 2 Drafting Organize the Events A natural way to organize events in a story is to use chronological order—the order in which events occur. Another choice is to use flashback—a recalling of past events. After the flashback, return to the present and continue telling the story. Just be sure that the sequence of events and the connections between ideas are clear.
Writing Your Short Story TARGET SKILL USING DIALOGUE Dialogue can add suspense to your story and help readers get to know your characters. Good dialogue shows the most important things characters say to each other. 3 Revising
Writing Your Short Story TARGET SKILL PUNCTUATING DIALOGUE In writing dialogue, remember to start a new paragraph each time the speaker changes. Also, use single quotation marks to indicate a quote within a quote. 4 Editing and Proofreading