This is as comprehensive a list as I've seen. Thank you. These are tips I've used in the past and they work. One I'd never thought about until I heard about someone doing the opposite was limiting the number of POVs. It'd always seemed logical to me that a short story would naturally mean one POV and so that's what I've always done. Then, I ran into someone online talking about writing a short story with several POVs.
How to Write a Short Story with 11 Easy Steps for Satisfying Stories
Learn How to Write a Truly Great Short Story
Tips for writing a great short story are based on the primary elements of fiction, no matter the length, character, plot, or theme. But when writing a story of no more than 10, words, keep in mind that employing these elements will often require an adjusted approach. The challenge for the short story writer lies in developing the major elements of fiction— character , plot , theme, point of view , etc. To meet this challenge, short-story writers generally follow, consciously or unconsciously, standardized "guidelines" for success. You will not have room for more than one or two round characters. Find economical ways to characterize your protagonist, and describe minor characters briefly.
Short stories, and getting good at writing them, can actually set you up for success in other writing ventures as well. In fact, being able to tell a full story in such a short amount of time arguably takes more skill than writing a full-length novel or nonfiction book. That being said, why is it beneficial for all writers to learn how to write a short story? When you only have a few pages to hook readers, paint a clear picture of the character, and tell a story, you end up mastering the skill of showing instead of telling.
Writing a short story can seem daunting. I am a writer that has not written a word outside of these articles for some time. Writing them has made me realize that I left a world of magic behind. It makes sense to build your way up to the task of writing a novel, so start with some short fiction instead. After this article, I may do just that.