Microtale 101: Everything you need to know to write a microtale.

Have you ever wondered how the writers from Instagram and Facebook are able to make you feel the essence of a piece of writing with a so-called name ‘microtale’? or do you ever think about how are they able to grab your attention or make you think or feel relatable with just very few words as possible? I have been writing micro tales for more than past 3 years and still learning a lot about it day by day. So, I just wanted to tell everyone how I started and to tell the way I learnt to write one on my own with a shorter span of time. Well, Let me explain to you what actually is a microtale and help you write your first ever microtale.

What exactly is a microtale?

Microtale is using an extremely short story usually with just 2-3 lines to convey basically the story in a short crisp way. It is usually 22 to 25 words long as far as a proper microtale is concerned. It usually contains a properly conveyed theme with a proper start and the end. Unlike musings or poems which can sometimes have different meanings from different perspectives, microtales convey a single theme. Yet, there are exceptions sometimes, but we will get to that part later.

How to write one?

Writing a microtale is not going to be a one-step process of directly writing a perfect one. Any write-up for that matter will always be a worse one before rewriting and curating it over and over again. Now, Let me tell you the steps to write one proper microtale.

 

1) Choose a theme.

Microtales are all about what theme it is about. Even if it misses structure, its fine. But without a theme, it will be just a collection of words from the dictionary. Choose one primary theme for your microtale and visualize the theme in your head, think about all the aspects of it. But, make sure it’s preferably not too general or it isn’t any emotion like ‘happy’ or ‘sad’.  A place or a person or any experience either in your life or anything you observed in this world could be counted as a theme. And after choosing the theme, imagine all the various things that could possibly be related to that. This is just the first step in writing a microtale. set one theme that accomplishes all the requirements as mentioned above and move on to the next step!

 

2) Choose a sub-theme.

Now, as you have done choosing your primary theme, choose another theme which can be either related to the primary one or even if it is not, any theme which you can make a connection with the previous one for that matter. This one has no restrictions, show your imagination. Any two themes can even be totally unrelated but can be made connection with if you think so or if you ever had any experience like that. It is all about showing your creativity in this. Doing so, make a map in your mind about ‘how’ these two themes are related to you. It can be any kind of connection.

 

3) Make some sense out of it.

Now, after you are done with choosing the theme, you need to make some sense out of those two. Remember the mind mapping I told you about in the last step? try to extract them into words. It can be anything imaginary or any past experience or anything you ever wish to happen too. In short, Try to make your connection with words this time instead of your thoughts. You might come up with very few words and joining them may or may not give a proper phrase or a proper line you are expecting to. But that’s okay. It may look really absurd to read it right now but that’s okay. Microtales are all about refinement and curation. Your thoughts are a rock and you are the sculptor, Bringing it to the shape you wished to, one strike at a time.

 

4) Make a start and an end.

Now, as you got a proper them and a rough sketch of your microtale, we give it a proper start and a proper end. Start with a proper determiner or a pronoun and also end it with a conclusion. A start should give the reader a insight or a hint about what you are about to address or the topic you chose to convey a message about. A good start and a good end will decide how good the microtale is. So make sure you give a lot of time to do this part.

5) Check the grammar and structure.

Now we come to the part of refining the write-up. Till now, we discussed about getting an idea of the structure of the microtale. Now as we move on to the next step, we deal with grammar where we make the piece flawless with no grammatical errors. Check the tenses where you intended to mention the past or present or the future and make sure you make it sound sensible. Check the pronouns and determiners, try to replace some of those with other words which gives the same meaning and also improvises the flow of the piece. As you are done with the grammar, check the number of words. If you are in the range of 20-25 words, keep it as it is. If its less, Go back to step 2, make another connection, insert another noun but make sure it doesn’t affect the flow of the content. If its more, try to see what can be removed but still reading it will not change the way we perceive about the content. Try to somehow bring it to the range of 20-25 words. After succeeding on that, move on to the next part.

6) Think, rewrite, repeat.

A perfect microtale of your wish is always done with how precise you make the cuts and pull it off. If you write a piece and reading it doesn’t satisfy you or make you feel ‘oh boy, I feel there’s something wrong with it’ never settle for it. Keep pondering, after all, it comes to your thoughts where you think about better alternatives to make it perfect as you thought the picture would be in your mind. Never stop until you make a perfect one or per se you feel satisfied by your writeup. If you are stuck with something which you are not able to change, don’t certainly stick with what you have. Go back to step 3, make a new start and end which can now help you get into the zone where you feel that it conveys the message properly.

 

There’s no published way or a rule to write a microtale. I just wanted to convey the way I self learnt how to do it. I may or may not be credible enough to do that, but still, sharing an idea will always be a better choice than keeping it to yourself. Isn’t it? After all, it comes to your own interest about how it should be. Maybe you might make a perfect microtale with just one theme or with no proper start or end, There will always be exceptions in any aspect you make take. It all comes to an individual’s decision about how it should be.

Now, Its your turn.

Okay, lets recall whatever we discussed in few keywords.

  • Theme
  • sub- theme
  • connection between those two.
  • start and end
  • structure
  • grammar
  • Rewrite*(n)

Now, Its your turn. Make one microtale right now, Its fine if you take a lot of time to make one. Go ahead, write one, submit them in the form link below. I will get back to you as soon as possible. Do feel free to comment your queries or you can also send me a personal mail or catch me in instagram or facebook, I will always be glad to help you out. Happy writing! 🙂

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