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  1. #11
    I don't worry or even think about templates, software, etc. Never even considered this. I just set down at my computer open word and start writing, for good or bad. Some of my writings I keep and expand on, other times I throw it into the trash bin. Those that I decide are worth my time, I read then read again, rewrite, and rewrite again. The important thing is that I am not putting myself under any pressure to finish it or even complete it. I am writing completely for my own pleasure and relaxation. It helps my mind escape the everyday pressures of life around me. For a few hours I set my imagination free to carry me where it wills, healing my mind and spirit.

  2. #12
    Same. I never use templates or software. I often browse Google Image Search for things that might catch my eye and spark the beginning of a story, or I look for things in the news, in articles I've read, or pieces of conversation that fire my imagination. There are ideas all around. Basically, what I always try to do, is take ordinary people and thrust them into extraordinary, exotic, or bizarre circumstances.
    Me: "You know the way a gun barrel tastes?
    Everyone: Uh... No.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry D View Post
    For a new author trying to get a handle on short story writing, I think the Literary Maneuvers monthly challenge on this site is a good place to study story-craft. The winners of the challenges are typically complete, and effective, stories packed into just 650 words.

    https://www.writingforums.com/forums...n-Competitions
    Yes, it certainly has it's place, but these stories have a starting premise. For me the very best short stories have a twist in the tail (or the tale) and when I have managed to write one I have nearly always started constructing the tale there, with the twist at the end not the start.
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  4. #14
    Thank you everyone for all the advice it was extremely helpful! I just posted the first 320 words of a short story. It was slow going and might be crap but I got started haha. I have thought about writing for years and never pulled the trigger, this forum is awesome.

  5. #15
    Keep going!! The only way to fail at this, is to quit!
    Me: "You know the way a gun barrel tastes?
    Everyone: Uh... No.

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Omnitech View Post
    Thank you everyone for all the advice it was extremely helpful! I just posted the first 320 words of a short story. It was slow going and might be crap but I got started haha. I have thought about writing for years and never pulled the trigger, this forum is awesome.
    It is usually worth including a link.
    https://www.writingforums.com/thread...t=#post2209436
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  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Omnitech View Post
    I am an extremely new writer who is wanting to start out with short stories. What I seem to struggle the most with is getting those first words down without some sort of plan. So I ask the veteran short story authors out there, do you use a template to plan out your story?

    I did a fast google search and was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of templates and software available so I was hoping to see if anyone here had any success. Thanks in advance!
    Same principles - a journey, change, theme, lessons learned and so on.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    It is usually worth including a link.
    https://www.writingforums.com/thread...t=#post2209436
    Thank you! I am still getting a feel for what is appropriate on the forum and begging to much for feedback haha. I always err on the side of caution.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Amnesiac View Post
    Keep going!! The only way to fail at this, is to quit!
    Truth!

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Omnitech View Post
    Thank you! I am still getting a feel for what is appropriate on the forum and begging to much for feedback haha. I always err on the side of caution.
    A good sentiment, but a link is only an opportunity, not begging.
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