1- Establish early on what is at stake: romantic tension, conflict, problem, whatever it is you want to talk about.
2-Give your one-shot a good setting. Don’t linger too much on what everything looks like, but add a hint of time and place. Establish a mood. Remember to include smell and other senses in your descriptions whenever appropriate.
3-Tell us a bit about your characters. Again, don’t linger too much on details, but a few distinctive traits will help the reader visualize them.
4-I would never assume the readers are familiar with the original show/book your one-shot stems from. Most will be, but I like anything I write to be self-standing. For the same reason, though my books are in a series, you could read book 4 without even knowing books 1-3 existed.
5-Resolve your conflict, possibly surprising your readers.
6-Go back and work on the “feels”. This is what most people read one-shots for. Build emotions. Let us know what your characters feel!
7-As always, show don’t tell. Let us infer what characters look like and feel rather than stating it directly.
I hope this helps ^_^
About Gaia B Amman
If you want to see any minority represented in my books, write to me! Minorities represented so far (books 1-6, but only 1-3 are published so far):
-POC, Asian, Bi, kickass women, sensitive males, people with mental afflictions, pregnant teens, teens with eating disorders, self-cutters, Asperger
Minorities that I am already planning to represent in future books in the series:
-Gay, lesbian, latino, Indian, buddhist
I am particularly interested in destroying the binary gender system. Everyone should be able to feel comfortable in their skin and, as of today, we are lightyears away from that goal. I am very aware of cross-dressers, trans, and most non-binary things. I am planning to write a book with a transgender main character, but this will be outside of this series (I want the MC to be trans, not a sidekick). If you have any ideas and/or suggestions write to me! <3
A nod to asexuals. I know you are out there, and I’m constantly thinking of ways to have one amazing, brilliant asexual character.