Times Litfest Workshop: 5 News Writing Tips From Author Tino de Sa


Writing a short story is quite a difficult job indeed. Although it is “short”, one is often confused as to the “length” of a short film and how to make it interesting to readers with a limited number of words. To help many aspiring writers with their “how to write short stories” problems, the Times LitFest hosted a workshop with Tino de Sa, an IAS officer, poet and author. Tino has won not once but twice the top prize in the Times of India Write India national news competition, both in season 2 and in season 3. Here is a look at 5 tips he has for all. budding short films. authors of stories.

1. Don’t include too many characters in your story
According to Tino, a mistake some new writers make is that they try to accommodate many characters in the story. However, it doesn’t work at all because the story gets confusing, you can’t properly develop any of the characters, and the reader gets lost. A short story should ideally end in 4000 words.

2. A workspace is a must!
“You need a fully dedicated space where you can write,” Tino said. While not everyone has the privilege of having a completely separate writing room, even an office could do the trick. It can hold all your writing tools including pen, paper, laptop or desktop.

“This desk should be yours. Because it helps the process of creativity. Every time you sit down at your desk to write on a daily basis, you’ll find that the more you personalize your space, the more useful it will be for you to write.” Tino added.

3. A plan must be in place
A plan for how you are going to approach your story should be there. And it’s not set in stone, it could change as you write.

“But you have to have a plan for where to start. If you don’t have a plan, you’re just going to hang around and not be able to write your story,” Tino said.

4. A rough idea of ​​the ending is very useful.
If you work on the end and the title of the story at the beginning, it will help you have some clarity. Tino mentions that he likes to know how his story will end. But he also adds that it is not compulsory. Sometimes the ending changes as the story progresses. But having an end in mind helps you go in a particular direction.

5. The opening sentence is the key
The opening sentence of your short story determines how interested your reader will be in pursuing it. You must have a good opening, enough to titillate your reader.

“If you have a brilliant opening line, that’s wonderful. If you don’t have it, then the opening paragraph is the hook through which you’re going to grab your reader and their attention,” Tino said.


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