How to generate a short story

  1. Without compelling characters there is no story. Think about your own life experience and interesting people around you. Create 1-3 interesting characters.
  2. Describe each character in detail – e.g. their personalities, characteristics and what they want. Remember to ask: What, When, Why, Who and When….
  3. Make their individual goals at odds with the other characters.
  4. How do your characters interact?
  5. How will they achieve their goals?
  6. Allow your characters to suggest a story.
  7. Stop when you have a story idea.

This should take about 30 minutes. If you can’t come up with anything try another set of characters.