It is always fulfilling to see your story in the top-ten most read list. It means that there’s something you did right and everybody wants a piece of you. But before you become that famous author, you must work at it.


A chef usually adds some spices to his or her recipe to make it more tasty and appetizing. You know a great meal by looking at it. In the same way, you should spice up your story to make it worth reading.

Let’s dig in and see some of the things that will really make your story stand out.


  • Have a killer title

The title of your story is the first thing that your readers see. Make it appealing and leaving the reader craving for more.

Use titles that are suspenseful and intriguing. A title like “Why I Hate You Now” is an example of what I am talking about. Such a title leaves the reader with question marks. What could have happened to make you start hating?

The readers feel compelled to find out. How else would they find out apart from reading your story? The title of your short stories is the main door to the rest of the story. Make it count.



  • Be completely researched

Story writing may require you to write about different cultures, opinions, facts and so on. There is nothing that can put off your readers more that wrong facts especially if those facts relate to them in one way or the other.

But if your reader can relate to the facts you present and are aware that they are accurate, they respect you and feel that you know what you are doing.

Do an extensive research of the facts you want to present in your story. Just because story writing is categorized as fictional doesn’t mean you can present false facts. Keep the facts factual!



  • Engage your readers

Your main purpose while writing short stories is to keep your readers completely engrossed in what you are talking about. Your reader must feel part of the story.

The best way of achieving this is through adopting a conversational tone. Ask questions that help your readers to follow the story. Present yourself as being human and the same as your readers.

The characters you use must relate to the culture of your readers. This will make your readers more willing to read your story because they can see aspects of themselves in it!



  • Use examples and anecdotes

Using examples is an effective way of making your reader understand what you intend to express. You can use a personal experience or that of other people as an example of why you think certain opinions hold true.

Use examples that you feel the reader can understand. This helps to liven up your story while ensuring that you are not misunderstood.



  • Write in the right tone

Your story might have different moods. Use your language tone to paint the different moods in your story. When you are talking of a funeral, you should avoid humor and take on a somber tone. If you are describing a happy moment, let your readers feel the excitement in your words.

This helps the readers experience the emotions you intended to invoke in them.

Always think through the story you are writing. How do you want it to end? Is the story funny, sad, or happy? Having this in mind will help you focus on how to write your story.


Happy writing!

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