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Short Story Writing
NewNovelist is an excellent piece of software, designed for novel writing. However, it is equally useful for writing short stories. Short stories require a very similar strategy to novel writing – indeed the question of pace and tempo, structure and form are even more important in the short story as there is no margin for fluff and error.

The key to a great short story includes the development of convincing characters, a compelling storyline and tight structure. This all comes with the assumption that the manuscript is properly formatted for viewing by a publisher when finally finished. NewNovelist writing software can help with all of this within a short story and more – please see our overview page for how it can help.

In addition to the points above the following should be kept in mind for help with writing a short story:

Have a concise plotline and theme – with a short story you simply have to get in and out in the quickest time possible. This basically means there is no long period for which to develop your storyline and hence it should be clear and concise so that the structure and plotting is effective.

In addition to making your plotline focused, your characters should be similarly focused. Make sure you do not have too many characters, and make the ones that do feature quickly relevant.

Edit your explanations and expositions – too much explaining can take up valuable words that are needed to propel the plot onwards. Whilst a complex or lyrical description of a character’s entrance, or living space may be interesting too many words used can end up making your short story move towards War & Peace. As a short story you are writing should follow a similar form so be conservative with how you explain and present your scenes, characters and locations.
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NewNovelist and Creative Writing
Creative writing and learning how to write a novel can be exceptionally hard. First, you have to learn the basics, then you have to practice... and practice... and practice. And you also have to research what makes a successful novel. The vast majority of novels adopt a basic formula, and we incorporate these within NewNovelist.

Whilst throughout these additional information pages we have provided tips and 'how-to' advice, the real gold dust is in our software program (available on CD or to download). It is based on tuition from the leading university Creative Writing course in England (University of East Anglia), and uses templates to provide you with the structure you might otherwise spend years researching. These templates can teach you the basics to writing all different types of novel: crime, mystery, detective, fantasy, childrens, thrillers, military and many many more. In short, it provides you with a virtual tutor.

In addition to the template structure, there is context sensitive help available - advising you on timing, tone and beat - and scores of examples drawn from modern and classical literature. For beginners this will be a revelation. For more experienced writers it provides a welcome refresher.
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