WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
This course is focused on helping aspiring fiction writers who know the basics of writing, but are struggling with starting (or even finishing) a short story to get that final draft done. It can be done. You can do it. And you can do it in five weeks.
Here's just some of what you'll learn and do each week:
Face the Great Blank Expanse
Prepare with a no-pressure way to face that blank page, and generate and explore story ideas.
Map Route or Lay Down Track
Learn how and why to create an outline, and how to use that outline
Handle that Block
Learn how to handle your inner editor and what to do if you get stuck or bored with your story.
You'll also learn tips and techniques for adapting the method to your schedule, your environment, and the tools you have available.
Write A Short Story in Five Weeks:
A Doable Method for Procrastinators, Self-Doubters, and Bucket-Listers
Hi, I'm Nila Patel
And I'm a fictioneer. Since 2013, I've been writing and posting a short story every week on my site (storyfeather.com) to accomplish my lifelong dream of fiction-writing. I've written 400 stories in the genres of science fiction, mythology, horror, and fairy tale. What started as a personal challenge has developed into a skill and a method that I adapt and use regularly to get my stories written (even when I've put the task off for longer than I should have). And I am excited to share that method with others who dream of writing stories of the worlds, beings, and adventures that exist in their imaginations.
The recap from the lecture entitled "What if I Get Stuck, Blocked, or Bored?"
You'll get access to the Introduction and Idea and Brainstorm on signing up.
The rest of the lessons will be released one week at a time.
- Goal of this Lesson: Generating and Exploring Story Ideas
- What Makes It Doable (11:11)
- The Great Blank Expanse: A Generic, Easy Start (7:17)
- Generating Story Ideas (9:13)
- Assignment 1: Generate Story Idea(s)
- Story Brainstorm (8:34)
- Assignment 2: Choose at least one idea and explore it with a brainstorm
- Resources and References: Idea and Brainstorm
- Goal of this Lesson: Drafting Your Story
- How Do I Use My Outline to Draft? (20:35)
- How Do I Handle My Inner Editor? (5:21)
- What if I Get Stuck or Blocked or Bored? (13:02)
- Fear. Doubt. Hesitation. A Reminder: You Are A Storyteller (9:10)
- Assignment: Dive into the Draft. Just dive in.
- Resources and References: Drafting Your Story
- Goal of this Lesson: Revision and Research
- Checking in: Don't worry, you're not behind! (3:43)
- Assembly Instructions: Use Outline to Put Story in Sequence (14:15)
- Time to Talk to Your Editor (9:54)
- Research and "Research": It depends on your story. (5:48)
- Assignment: Finish that draft, assemble into sequence, and handle your notes.
- Resources and References: Revision and Research
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