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8 Short Story Writing Tips to Inspire

You'll see that these short story writing tips make it really easy for you to put your inspirational stories down on paper.

These tips on how to write short stories might make the difference of whether your message is merely read, or if it creates the impact to:

  • Deliver an aha moment to the reader.
  • Tug relentlessly on the readers heart and mind, and encourage them to reach for more, to become more, and to do more with their life.
  • Ensure that the depth of meaning that you want to convey is felt and understood.

Knowing how to write short stories to inspire is not just a gain in your own personal development... you're giving every reader an opportunity for self development too. Happy writing!

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How to Write a Story to Inspire

We all tell stories. Think about the last time you told a friend about what a great day you had, or the tough exam you wrote, or the fabulous vacation you enjoyed. So... you know how to tell a story.

That statement hints at your first three short story writing tips:

  1. You have something to say, there is a point or a theme for your story. Something inspirational in this case.
    • Your inspirational stories might draw on your own true life stories, or motivational stories about other people that have positively made a difference in your life.

      Your short inspirational stories might even be about animals rather than people, or fiction rather than reality. Or about a discovery in the world... a new finding in inner or outer space.

      There are a multitude of ideas for inspirational short stories.

  2. Write your story the way you talk.

    • You don't need any big fancy words or lessons in adjectives and participles and every other bit of the English language. Keep it simple, share your message and emotion as you see and feel it.

  3. Write as though you are talking to a friend.
    • This keeps it real, and shares your personal style in a friendly manner.

Your next three short story writing tips become apparent when you look closely at a typical inspirational short story. The most common inspirational stories use the theme of the 'hero'.

Everyone has heard numerous variations on this theme, from Robin Hood, to Luke Skywalker, to Superman, to Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.

The 'Heros Journey' clearly indicates the three necessary parts of inspirational short stories:

  1. Beginning - Someone has a challenge or difficulty that they want or need to overcome.

  2. Middle - Decisions and actions are taken by a hero figure to move toward the goal. Further difficulties are often faced while pursuing success.

  3. An end - Success is achieved and there is a positive outcome as a result of the hero's decisions and actions.

Here is an inspirational short stories example that uses this theme. You can have a bit of fun with it by actually personalizing the story. Take a look.

The final two short story writing tips I'll share are equally important to the others. I had a great aha moment when I learned these ones.

They add so much depth and color to inspirational stories, and yet I hadn't realized it until it was pointed out to me. And I find it is an ongoing (and very worthwhile) exercise to remember to use them :). They are:

  1. Don't Tell - Telling is often simply explaining, giving instructions or directions.

    • Telling example - Mary spotted her Mom coming through the arrival gates at the airport and she was really happy to see her. It had been 2 years since they had seen one another.

  2. Do Show - Showing is all about painting a picture for people.

    • Showing example - Mary's joy was infectious as she spotted her Mom coming through the arrival gates at the airport.

      Her smile filled her whole face and then jumped out and touched the stranger standing next to her. He smiled too as Mary broke into her little happy dance. As she hugged her Mom, she muttered "two years has been two years too long".

Great Resources on How to Write a Story

  1. Book: "Write Great Dialogue" by Gloria Kempton

  2. Book: "Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg

  3. Book: "The Art of Fiction" by Ayn Rand


  5. Blogpost: Short Story Writing Tips by Jon Radoff

  6. Inscribe Your Life: Your personal inspirational stories are mined through this unique program that is a combination of writing and personal development.

    It guides you to explore your own life and re-write it into your own personal hero story.

Sharing Your Inspirational Short Stories

Enjoy formulating the plot, creating compelling characters in interesting settings, and writing inspiring short stories to encourage and motivate.

And then, reap the enjoyment of sharing your inspirational stories for others to read.

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