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How to Write a Romance Short Story RIGHT NOW!

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How to Write a Romance Short Story RIGHT NOW!

Imagine this: You’ve been offered $1,000 to write a 2500–5000-word short story, but you only have 3 hours to complete it. Would $333.33 an hour be a worthwhile endeavor to you? Could you actually pull it off?

If you’re like me, or anyone for that matter, three-hundred bucks for an hour’s worth of work is fantastic money. Most of us would jump at that chance. I know I would. In fact, I have.

Need a step-by-step guide to make this happen for yourself? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right person, and luckily for you, I have a plan. I’m going to teach you exactly how to write a romance short story RIGHT NOW! Grab a notebook, a pen, and don’t forget to pin this post so you can refer back to it time and time again until you’re a pro. Let’s dive in!

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Here are the steps to write your romance short story

  • Brainstorm a topic/story idea (5 minutes)

  • Divide and conquer by sections (5 minutes)

  • Give yourself a roadmap (10 minutes)

  • Start writing (40 minutes)

  • Read your story (20)

 

Vague, I know. So, let’s break each one down. By the end of this post, you’ll be ready to start your short story, and three hours later, you’ll be done! As a bonus, at the end of this blog post, I’ll share some proven marketing techniques on what you can do with these short stories once you’ve written them!

 

Brainstorming a Topic/Story Idea (5 Minutes)

Spend about five minutes brainstorming a topic. Think of it like a TV episode. Something that has a beginning, middle, and end. You’re going to want to start strong or with a bang, and of course, end strong. This is more vital for short stories because your words are limited. Since you’re writing a romance short story, you’re going to have instalove, instasex, or they’re going to need to know each other already and have some sort of relationship. It’ll also need to end happily ever after or happy for now. Often, with short stories, a happy for now works great!

 

Divide and Conquer by Sections (5 minutes)

Next, you’re going to need about five minutes thinking up how you’ll break down your short story. A great length for a short story is around 5k words. I’ve done tons of these. And, since I write about 2500 words per chapter give or take, that equates to approximately 2 chapters.

2500 words x 2 = 5000 words.

Both chapters need to be fast paced as you don’t have much room to work here with.

Chapter 1 needs to have a strong beginning, middle, and then cliffhanger that leads to Chapter 2. Think of this like the commercial break on your television episode that has you sitting on the edge of your seat for more.

Chapter 2 will need to have a middle, end, and then close with a bang that can be a happy for now for romance.

 

Give Yourself a Roadmap (10 minutes)

You’ll need about 10 minutes mapping out the key plot points that will happen to keep yourself on course for your short story. I like to give myself a couple of sentences reminder of what needs to happen and in which chapter to keep myself on track.

 

Start Writing (40 minutes)

I like to spend about an hour per chapter writing. The average person can write 40 words per minute which equates to around 2400 in an hour. This should get you to your goal. Remember, you’re going to want to jump right in, don’t go too deep, cut the fluff, and keep it moving with punchy dialogue or action.

 

Read Your Story (20 minutes)

This should take about 20 minutes or so. Make sure it all flows and that you feel satisfied by the end. You can always tweak a little here and there, just make sure not to get heavily wordy trying to fluff parts up as it probably doesn’t technically need it. A short story is just a different breed than regular novel or novella writing. You can also run it through Grammarly to help clean it up a bit. Remember not to stress out too much over this. Short stories are great practice! 3 hours of your time is super easy and doable. Your whole goal for a short story is to give your reader a sample of your writing. You want them to crave more of the story or your stories in general.

 

If you follow these steps, you’ll actually write your short story in less than three hours, but if this is your first time, you’ve got some wiggle room!

 

What Can You Do with These Short Stories?

Here’s the part you’ve been waiting for! I have several awesome ideas for what you can do with your short story once you’ve written it.

 

Newsletter Magnet

Use your ebook as a newsletter magnet. Have them sign up for your newsletter in order to get the story. A smart thing to do would be to use this short story as a lead into a series you already have. I’ve done this before and it works well.

 

Print Mini Paperbacks

Print the small books to sell on your website. These are great to sell on your website or even do as add-ons. My readers love collecting these tiny books! I print mine at at 48hrbooks.com . They’re super fast, great quality, and their customer service is outstanding…highly recommend. Recently, they did an author interview with me where we discussed some great tips for newbie authors. You can read the interview here.

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K Webster Website with Romance Short Story Add Ons for Sale

To take a better look, you can check out Wild & Free Collector’s Edition Paperback with Add Ons here or you can check out the Short Story Bundle I have available here.

Freebies

Put them on the freebie section of your website. I love having a freebie section. (Check out my freebie section here to see an example). You can either have them download from your site or refer them to another source like BookFunnel. BookFunnel is great for allowing you to choose certain criteria for them to be able to download the story, like require them to sign up for your newsletter. The great thing about BookFunnel is they show how many downloads you get from your short stories which is helpful in deciding if your short story has gotten any interest. Laska, though more horror than romance, continues to grab tons of downloads and even found me a huge audience in Brazil!

 

BookFunnel Monthly Downloads for K Webster

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You can read more in depth about BookFunnel and their capabilities in this blog post: https://www.self-publishing-journeys.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-bookfunnel/

BookFunnel explains how to do even more with your books in a blog post here: https://blog.bookfunnel.com/2022/send-a-book-in-seconds/

Exclusive Content for Members

Use your short stories for exclusive content for subscription platforms like Patreon. This could even be dripped out to your members on a weekly or monthly basis. It’s a great way to get your readers salivating for more. To learn more about what I use for Patreon rewards, read my blog post called Top Patreon Reward Ideas for Authors.

 

Wattpad, Radish, and Others

You can put your short story on places like Wattpad or Radish to find new readers. Wattpad is a free-to-read platform, but Radish will pay you royalties for reads if they accept your stories. You can also use your stories on places like Wattpad to enter contests. Once, I did a 500-word short story that won me a $500 Visa gift card. It was the easiest $500 I ever made and took me half an hour to write.

 

Want the Printable Guide to Writing a Short Story?

How to Write a Short Story in 3 Hours or Less by K Webster Free Printable

Make sure to grab a free copy of your guide so you can start writing short stories in just a few hours.

If you want a more detailed how-to, check out my YouTube video on the subject:

Conclusion

Now you have all the tools and knowledge on how to write a short story and quickly! I promise it doesn’t have to be difficult and all you need to do is practice. Comment below and let me know if you’ll start a short story. Were any of these ideas helpful? Let me know what you’ll be doing with your short story or if you have other ideas to share with others. I love hearing from you all and am happy to answer questions!

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