Spencer Keralis, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
A short story is a fictional prose with varying degrees of facts. Some of the genres are a romance short story, historical fiction short story, science fiction short story, fantasy short story, mystery short story, action adventure short story, and horror short story.
First, you'll want to prepare by reading all the material thoroughly and thinking about some of the different issues raised in your reading. You'll want to do what's called a “critical read” of the material, where you don't just accept the information, but—after you understand it—you question it. Then, select one of the ideas, which has lingered in your mind because you disagree or are uncomfortable with it, or because you agree with it but believe it needs much more thought. Narrow down your ideas into a question about this idea that you might want to investigate in your paper. Ask yourself what your feelings are about this issue, and what reasons you might use to support your feelings. If you like what you have come up with, then you are ready to form a preliminary thesis. If you do not like it then go back and consider another question from your reading.
Write down a preliminary thesis statement that specifies your topic, states your ideas about this topic, and suggests the arrangement of your paper's argument. Make sure you refer back to your reading and choose details that support your arguments. If you use quotations or refer to the text, it should only be to support your own ideas.
Then try writing a first draft and leaving it for a day. Then go back, reread and revise as necessary.
These are just a few short stories available through our catalog.