QUICK COURSE DESCRIPTION: In an age where indie publication is common and where previous publications can open commercial publishing doors, the ability generate concise short fiction ideas, and to plan and complete quality short stories at specific target lenths is essential.
You can learn this skill.
I'm writing the class at a planned speed of one to two weeks per new lesson.
Below is my working outline for what the class includes. The first four lessons, demo stories, worksheets and other handouts, and the forum and classroom are all in place.
You can start this class immediately with Lesson One.
It's my first version of any class, built directly to the questions asked to me by prospective students before I put together the outline.
From the questions I receive, I build a class outline that covers all the material requested, and put this into PDF-ONLY format at the fastest pace I can manage -- generally at the pace of one lesson per week, though from time to time lessons prove to require significantly more work than I anticipate, or require more than one lesson to cover entirely.
Once I've finished the class and have caught up on cleaning up other pending Splinters Versions, I'll clean up this one. That make take a while.
BUT, no matter when you bought, students who buy at the early prices get all in-version up grades, INCLUDING the upgrade from Splinters to Revised Final, for free.
I try to write material that is based on fundamentals, and make each lesson's content evergreen, but from time to time, things change. While I'm not expecting any changes in the fundamental nature of good short fiction, I could be wrong.
Hope not. But it could happen. In that case, the new version will be significantly discounted for existing class owners.
But the SPLINTERS version of this class will contain typos, spellos, and things that cause a lot of questions in the forum that require me to add materials to the lesson later. Hence, SPLINTERS.
Also hence the big early discount.
The $97 price for the completed version may stand.
As of today (June 7th, 2018) I'm up to nine lessons because I had to give short story revision it's own lesson.
I need to pare that back down to eight if possible, and may combine two of the final lessons into one bigger lesson.
Because I have one more class on the runway following this one.
How to Write A Novel.
I have strong incentive to bring this in at the allotted number of lessons, and keeping the final price at $97 is a big part of that.
But so is getting this thing done in a reasonable amount of time so that I can do that final course in this set.
There's a significant difference between an idea that will work for a short story and an idea that will work for a novel.
They're both fiction, they both need IDENTICAL story components.
What ideas for short stories have, however, in a structural "door stop" that keeps them short.
This lesson is complete in Splinters Version
Writers frequently define themselves as overplanners, underplanners, hopeless planners, or complete non-planners.
Knowing how to plan your work, though, is the difference between starting a hundred stories and finishing none, and starting AND finishing a hundred stories.
It doesn't have to be much of a plan. But if you're setting out to write a 6000-word contest story and you don't want to end up with Yet Another Unfinished Novel, you need to know how to plan short.
So this week, you're going to get my Second Definition of a Short Story, you'll learn to build scenes that work, and then you're going to build eight (yes, EIGHT) short story plans.
Not all of my approaches will work for everyone, but try them all, and figure out which ones work best for you, which ones work with struggle or modification, and which ones don't work at all (yet).
IMPORTANT: Go back to the ones that don't work at all from time to time as you go through this course (and go through it again later) and test.
Experience and success with past stories can train your brain to think in new ways, and you may discover that processes that didn't work initially have turned into your favorites.
Each of these comes with a "live as I'm doing it" demo on the page, followed by a Your Turn with worksheets.
And this week you'le also going to learn to plan story length, and you'll plan a length for the story you're going to start writing next week. (Select one story from the eight exercises you did this week.)
This lesson is complete in Splinters Version
So you have the ideas. You have at least one story plan.
Now it comes down to the words. And if you tend to let your characters ramble, this is where things get dicey.
There is no rambling in short fiction.
The biggest thing I'm going to teach you this week is how to THINK SHORT. To stop yourself from writing the words that will derail your story by eliminating them before you write them. And you're going to do the writing to cement the thinking process.
I know this is a big lesson with a lot of work. It's content-heavy, and if you need more than one week to complete it, just remember than I'm doing the class in nine weeks to keep the price down, but I'm making the lessons as large as they need to be to answer all the questions.
You have all the time you need to finish any lesson, however. The class is ENTIRELY work at your own pace, and available for you to retake at any time.
Novelist, Writing Course Creator
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