Sept. 2, 2008 – English 8, 10


You are not required to do a mind map, freewrite, or drawing.  These are just to help you.  You are required to write a paragraph describing the basic concept or moral of your story.

How to Write a Good Short Story

Today we began our discussion on what makes a good short story and how to write them.  I have included the handout here (or to download it).  These were the main points:

  1. Read
  2. Get Inspired
  3. Conceptualize your story
  4. Map out the scenes
  5. Choose your point of view
  6. Create your characters
  7. Have a good introduction
  8. Build up a great plot.

We will go over the remaining points later.


Create a basic concept for your short story.  Begin by just writing down as many details or ideas that you have for the moral/message/concept for your short story.  You could do this by using a mind map, or freewriting, or even drawing a picture.  Then, pull all those details together to create a good concise paragraph (or paragraphs) explaining the concept.


3 Responses so far »

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    Spencer Christian Lestiadi said,

    Dear Mr.Brammer,

    In case I am wrong, is making mind-map, free-writing, or drawing a must ?

    Because I’ve done free writing this morning in yor class about it (in m journal), and I still remember most of the important points. Do I have to do it again ?

    Thanks. God bless you and family..

    Sign. – Spencer C.Lestiadi –

  2. 2

    Lasmyr Edullantes said,

    Sir, I have a question about our homework. Our homework is to tell what happens in the story we are about to write, right? but we don’t write with details. Am I correct? or is my understanding on the assignment wrong?

  3. 3

    mr so i need to make a story map only

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