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A short story is a great way to try your hand at creative writing. These steps will help you to write a short story that expresses your unique point of view.

Step 1: Brainstorm
Come up with an idea for a story. Start with what you know; then move to what you don't know to draw inspiration.

Read as many short stories as you can to get a feel for the style.

Step 2: Outline
Gather your thoughts and write an outline. Develop your protagonist, or main character. Determine who you are writing about and how you want to tell their story.

Step 3: Write
Write your story either on paper or using a computer. Create a problem that your protagonist has to solve. This problem may be internal or external.

Step 4: Add detail
Add details so that your story is one your readers care about. Use vivid descriptions.

Bring a notebook with you everywhere you go so you can write down ideas as they come to you.

Step 5: Resolve
Include events that lead to a resolution of the problem. Resolve the story and enjoy the output of your creative energy.

Did You Know?
Did you know? Master storyteller Edgar Allen Poe's first short story, "Metzengerstein," was published in the Philadelphia Saturday Courier in 1832.

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