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09/04/2019

How do you write a short story?

QUESTION
How do you write a short story?
I need to write about being the first person in space.. How would I go about doing that? I’m not sure how to start off and its been a couple years since I’ve done a short story, I know there has to be 3 paragraphs a beginning middle and ending but I need some help? Thanks in advance

ANSWER
A short story is a little different than an essay, which sounds like what you’re thinking of. Either way, I’ll do my best to describe the components of both.

Short story:

This should, of course, have a beginning, middle, and end, but each should be longer than a paragraph. Depending on the specifications given by your teacher, or whoever it is instructing you to write about being the first person in space, you should probably do your best to keep it within certain requirements. For example, between 10 and 15 pages. However, depending on the amount of detail, description, dialogue, etc., you include, a short story can be several pages longer; I wrote one for an eighth-grade assignment that turned out to be 37 pages long!

Short stories should include dialogue if the story includes more than one character. A monologue or thoughts written in the form of multiple paragraphs will be expected if the story is written so that only one character is present and flash backs to past conversations are not allowed or applicable. Descriptions of places, people, and events are also expected.

Essay (Five-Paragraph):

This should have a beginning, middle, and end, but each portion is significantly different than their short story “counterparts.” The beginning is usually referred to as the “intro paragraph,” which is a single paragraph summarizing the writer’s intent and argument/thesis. This is followed by three paragraphs supporting the argument/thesis stated in the introduction paragraph, which constitutes the “middle” portion. These supporting paragraphs should use facts to explain why the author’s thesis statement is correct/valid; these facts can/should include quotes from other works and/or authorities on the subject, as well as first-hand documents/sources if possible. The final paragraph is the “end” of the essay, and restates the author’s thesis. The final paragraph should remind the reader of the points made in the “middle” three paragraphs without completely restating all evidence given. Writers are often instructed/expected to use the final sentence of their essay to ensure that their reader agrees with them by using either a strong, declarative statement which alludes to the evidence given and demonstrates the validity of their argument, or a question which apparently leaves the ultimate decision with the reader. However, ending questions are often phrased in such a way that will sway the reader to the point of view of the author.

I really hope I helped. I think my explanation of the Five-Paragraph Essay explains a persuasive essay more than an expository one; perhaps because it seems like that’s all I’ve written in my English classes for the past year. However, all essays more or less have to argue something, even if it’s as simple as “Neil Armstrong was a great man.” If your essay was about the first man to land on the moon (I know it’s not), you probably make a claim at some point that Neil Armstrong did a great (or at least good) thing for the United States by going up into space and landing there. Even though it’s not exactly a huge social issue, one could still argue that he did the exact opposite, therefore meaning that you are making a claim –that Neil Armstrong’s actions were positive– which one could attempt to rebuke. It’s this semi-complicated idea that goes by the name of Rhetoric, but you’ll probably worry about that later in your schooling career.

Anyway, like I said: I really hope I helped! Best of luck to you! 🙂