How to Plot a Short Story: 5 Steps for Short Story Plotting

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Aug 19, 2021 • 3 min read

So you want to write a short story? You’re in great company: New short story collections, packed with vibrant portraits of real-life or fresh takes on science-fiction, are plentiful. Short fiction is an excellent way for writers to take risks. When you write a short story, you create something based on a subject that interests you but which may not work in a whole novel.

Short stories can be deceptively difficult to write since they require a concise and extremely economical narrative containing all the elements of a novel—in a fraction of the space. But sometimes less space means more freedom in plot structure.