Writing a Short Story

1. DEFINITION

A short story is a piece of prose fiction that typically can be read in one sitting and focuses on a self-contained incident or series of linked incidents, with the intent of evoking a “single effect” or mood.

2. LENGTH
In terms of length, word count is typically anywhere from 1,000 to 4,000 for short stories, however some have 20,000 words and are still classed as short stories. Stories of fewer than 1,000 words are sometimes referred to as “short short stories”, or “flash fiction”
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_story)

after seeing my videos on youtube talking about the short story as a fiction

3. EXAMPLE
as you can see in the link below:
https://www.kuliahbahasainggris.com/10-contoh-teks-short-story-telling-pendek-bahasa-inggris/

Classic Short Stories by Famous Authors
There are many classic, well-known short stories by famous authors. Some short story examples that are expertly written and deeply meaningful:

“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
“Chivalry” by Neil Gaiman
“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
“The Signal-Man” by Charles Dickens
“Barn Burning” by William Faulkner
“Miss Temptation” by Kurt Vonnegut
“The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway

4. TEMPLATE and OUTLINE

Tittle ……………………………………………..
Author ……………………………………………..

Main Character:
1. Protagonist ……………………………………………………
2. Antagonist ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
3. Supporting Character
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
4. Conflict
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

5. Plot
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..(in general)

Lets start writing 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Writing a Short Story”

  1. TITLE: TRUE LOVE TILL THE END
    AUTHOR: IRSYAD THABRANI
    1.MAIN CHARACTER:
    *PROTAGONIST:SARAH
    *.ANTAGONIST:RIRIN AND FRIENDS
    *.SUPPORTING CHARACTER
    A.LINDA(SARAH’S FRIEND)
    B.RAKA(SARAH’S BOYFRIEND)
    C.ANDRA(SARAH’S FRIEND)
    D.DINDA.(SARAH’S FRIEND)
    4.CONFLICT: SARAH AND RAKA COUPLE ,BUT SARAH DIED BECAUSE AN ACCIDENT WHEN THEY DATING, THEN SARAH IS IN COMA FOR 3 MONTHS AND THEN DIED,THAT ACCIDENT MADE RAKA FRUSTRATED AND END HIS LIFE
    5.PLOT:
    *SARAH IS CHEERFUL AND SMART GIRL
    *SHE IS POPULAR STUDENTS IN HER SCHOOL
    * SHE HAVE A BOYFRIEND ,HIS NAME RAKA.
    *SARAH ALSO HAVE BEST FRIENDS SINCE ELEMANTERY SCHOOL,LINDA,,ANDRA,DINDA
    *RIRIN ALWAYS JEALOUS TO SARAH BECAUSE SHE IS RAKA’S EX-GIRLFRIEND AND STILL LOVE HIM
    *RIRIN AND HER FRIENDS ALWAYS INTERFERE WITH SARAH AND RAKA’S RELATIONSHIP
    *ONE DAY SARAH AND RAKA DATING ,BUT IN THEY TRIP THEY HAS AN ACCIDENT AND IS IN COMA
    *RAKA WAS DEVASTATED BECAUSE HE FELT GUILTY FOR THE ACCIDENT
    *SARAH’S FRIENDS ALSO FEEL SAD BECAUSE OF SARAH’S COMA FOR A LONG TIME
    *BUT AFTER 3 MONTHS IN COMA SARAH DIED
    *HER FRIENDS FEEL VERY LOST THEIR BEST FRIENDS
    *THE INCIDENT MADE RAKA’S GRIEF PROLONGED AND MADE HIM FRUSTTRATED TO END HIS LIFE

  2. Title : liar monkeys and honest mice

    Author : seylla vernirosa

    Main character :
    1. Protagonist : caterpilar
    2. Antagonist : squirrel
    3. Supporting character : another animals
    4. Conflict : the squirrel set a trap for the caterpillar, but the trap was about himself
    5. Plot :
    a. caterpillars in hate because it has fur which makes the itching , While squirrels have very beautiful fur.
    b. squirrels really hate caterpillars because caterpillars are good animals and has advantages in his fur
    c. one day the squirrel made a plan for the caterpillar to leave the swamp, by telling caterpillars that there is one animal that was caught by humans.
    d. the caterpillar goes with the squirrel to the place.
    e. but whatever power the squirrel because they intend to get rid of caterpillars, squirrels are instead captured by a human that was hunting in the swamp, and many other animals caught, except caterpillars.
    f. Caterpillars panic because squirrels and other animals shout “for help”. This caterpillar intends to help squirrels and other animals. Even a caterpillar is almost trampled by a human, but with his courage, the caterpillar finally approaches humans and releases feathers that contain toxins that make the human body itch and finally squirrels and other animals are free from humans.
    g.Squirrel regret his actions and apologize to the caterpillars, and other animals also apologize to the caterpillars because ostracize her self … Finally the caterpillar has a lot of friends and the caterpillar was given the trust to protect the animals in the swamp.

    1. Title : cartepillar and squirrel

      Author : seylla vernirosa

      Main character :
      1. Protagonist : caterpillar
      2. Antagonist : squirrel
      3. Supporting character : another animals
      4. Conflict : the squirrel set a trap for the caterpillar, but the trap was about himself
      5. Plot :
      a. caterpillars in hate because it has fur which makes the itching , While squirrels have very beautiful fur.
      b. squirrels really hate caterpillars because caterpillars are good animals and has advantages in his fur
      c. one day the squirrel made a plan for the caterpillar to leave the swamp, by telling caterpillars that there is one animal that was caught by humans.
      d. the caterpillar goes with the squirrel to the place.
      e. but whatever power the squirrel because they intend to get rid of caterpillars, squirrels are instead captured by a human that was hunting in the swamp, and many other animals caught, except caterpillars.
      f. Caterpillars panic because squirrels and other animals shout “for help”. This caterpillar intends to help squirrels and other animals. Even a caterpillar is almost trampled by a human, but with his courage, the caterpillar finally approaches humans and releases feathers that contain toxins that make the human body itch and finally squirrels and other animals are free from humans.
      g.Squirrel regret his actions and apologize to the caterpillars, and other animals also apologize to the caterpillars because ostracize her self … Finally the caterpillar has a lot of friends and the caterpillar was given the trust to protect the animals in the swamp.

  3. Tittle : Stupid Thing We All do
    Author : Nahla Rachmanda

    1. Main Character:
    – Rara: she doesn’t know about herself, her feeling.

    2. Supporting Character
    – Fedi: friendly
    – Lani: nosy person

    3. Conflict
    Rara who did not know her own feelings until finally she found out at a time that was too late.

    4. Plot
    Rara often accidentally met with Fedi whether in a public transportation , in the street, in the village, even in a supermarket. This happened since she studied in a senior high school. Initially, Rara only met without stopping with fedi, until they finally started chatting, even though they were chatting but they didn’t know the name of the person they were chatting to. Rara only knows Fedi as a man with fluffy hair, and Fedi knows Rara as a women with braided hair.
    But this closeness was only until Rara graduated from high school, because after that she never met with Fedi again. Until finally when she had graduated from college and started working, she met again with fedi in public transportation, and it turned out that Fedi still remember her. And She told his friend lani about this. And lani said have you ever been in love ra? And Rara did not answer, then Lani continuing her word and say that it was possible that Rara and Fedi were destined, because of the coincidence that often happened in their lives.
    Finally, when Rara and Lani attended their friend’s wedding invitation, Rara saw that the man whose sitting next to her happy friend was a man with fluffy hair that she knows. Then she ran away out of the place and she saw a bouquet of flowers that wrote the name of the groom’s name Fedi.
    Lani who was chasing Rara was confused, and asked “why are you ra?” Rara answered “hahahah, I’m finally realized that I’ve ever fallen in love, and his name is Fedi”.

  4. Assalmualaikum wr wb. mrs

    Tittle: My stepsister and my friends
    Author: Vena
    1. Main Character
    * Protagonist: Wanda, Amanda, Dicky
    * Antagonist: Bianca
    * Supporting Character: Melisa and Yani
    * Conflict: Bianca’s excessive jealousy and misunderstanding with Amanda’s friends
    * Plot (in general)
    1. Meeting between wanda and amanda in one school
    2. They become friends
    3. Bianca and Amanda are actually stepsister, but they don’t know
    4. Bianca is jealous because Amanda is close to Wanda because actually Wanda was her ex-boyfriend in middle school
    5. because the relationship between bianca and amanda is actually not good, bianca often harms amanda, so one day wanda tries to help amanda at last wanda amnesia because helps amanda
    6. One day Bianca just realized his actions

      Thanks a lot mrs

  5. Tittle : XL
    Author R2

    Main Character:
    1. Protagonist : Excel
    2. Antagonist : A boy called “The Cheater”
    3. Supporting Character : A tomboy girl
    4. Story theme : A young boy story
    5. Plot
    -A boy named Excel. He has a physical body like a girl. He is always reading in the class. He is bad at social. But sometimes his friends called him “cute boy”.
    -Excel saw the girl alone in the garden when i walked away from the people. She is playing with a game console. She is yelling because she lose, so i give her a advice or tips until i borrowed her game console.
    -She suprised at Excel because he played like a pro. And curiously ask him he is a gamer or not. He pretend to her he isn’t because of personal reason.
    -At home, Excel always watching Livestreaming games, reading a book, And sometimes he play a game little bit in his room.

    6. Conflict
    The next day, Excel see crowd of people are watching the battle game. And he see the girl yesterday battle with the boy who called “The Cheater”. The battle to bet for game console from loser. He think that isn’t good and stop them. But The Cheater mad at him and challenge him with rules. And Excel accepted the challenge.

  6. LAILATUL MAGHFIRAH

    Title: Painful Love
    Author: LAILATUL MAGHFIRAH
    1. Main Character
    * Protagonist: Hyumi and Min Yoongi
    * Antagonist: Lee Soo Ra
    * Supporting Characters: Kim Youra, Kim Taehyung and Kim Namjoon
    * Conflict: Lee Soo Ra’s presence in Hyumi and Min Yoongi’s relationship
    * Plot (in general)
    1. Hyumi and Yoongi agreed to a relationship since Class 3 of High School and agreed to enter the same college with different majors
    2. Hyumi feels sad that Yoongi will be cold to Hyumi for the past few months
    3. Yoongi chose Hyumi as his girlfriend to forget about Lee Soo Ra
    4. Hyumi is jealous because Yoongi is close to Lee Soo Ra because actually Lee Soo Ra was her ex when she was in 2nd grade of high school
    5. Because Lee Soo Ra did not accept Yoongi’s decision to choose hyumi lee Soo Ra harmed Hyumi by pushing hyumi into the car
    6. One time Yoongi just realized of his wrong actions so far and now they have lived happily

    Thank you very much mrs😊

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