As A Writer, Thinking is Important

During a discussion with other writers, I was asked if I’d give a few suggestions to a new writer who wanted to write a short story? I offered my advice as follows which others agreed with:

  • 2 Ask, whose story are you telling?
  • 3 keep the story to only 2 or at most 3 characters
  • 4 A story must include the 3 C’s: Character, Conflict/Crisis, and Conclusion
  • 5 While writing the story, ask what if? An important question, as it opens up all sorts of possibilities 
  • 6 Use the senses in your story, not necessarily all of them but definitely some. 
  • 7 Use names that are not similar. Mary and Marion, Joe and John, this can confuse a reader. Especially important when writing a novel, the reader does not want to keep checking who is who again and again. 

Above are a few suggestions of what I shared. If you are paying close attention while reading this, you will have noticed I omitted number 1 on the list. my number 1 is, to spend time thinking about your story. 

This is important not just before you write but during the writing process too. While out walking, think about it. Doing housework, think about it. Traveling, think about it. You get the idea! When you do sit to the task of penning your story, novel, or poem, the creative process will run smoother. You are already familiar with your characters/plot and so words will flow easier and the process is less overwhelming.

It really cannot be dismissed, thinking I mean. Time spent in thought about your project is time well spent. So do not beat yourself up if you are not quite turning up at the page every day, once you are using your time in thinking about it, then you are writing. it is all part of the process, a part that will help you I promise.

This is a short post but I hope you find it a helpful and positive one. Happy writing.


Published by marytbradford

Family is important to Mary and her writing reflects the ups and downs of it all, and what people go through daily. She has been writing short stories for several years and enjoys success with her fiction in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies both in Ireland and abroad, namely Germany, India, and the US. Her stories have been both short/long listed in various competitions. It was because of this success, Mary took the plunge and self-published her first collection of stories titled, A Baker’s Dozen (2012). When one of her stories kept growing she ended up with her first published novel, My Husband's Sin. This novel turned into a trilogy, with book 2, Don't Call Me Mum, and book 3, No More Secrets following it. Her latest novel, To Live With A Stranger, is based on her Grandmother's country cottage and is a firm favourite with readers. Mary continues to write novels, novellas, and short stories, dabbling too in playwrighting. In 2019, Mary attended the University of Limerick and studied for a MA in Creative Writing, receiving First Class Honours. When taking a break from writing and reading Mary loves to crochet. Living in County Cork, Ireland, she is married and is a mother of four children. Having overcome open heart surgery in 2008, Mary made the decision to dedicate more time to her writing. With her children raised and starting to spread their wings, this became possible. Now, Mary is also a Nana, a role that brings her happiness and lots of love.

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