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How to Write A Short Story That Sells

Developing Your Short Story Writing Skills
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Created by Debra Benson
Last updated 11/2015
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This course is about the development of a short story or a novel. The principal is to begin with a story idea that is sounding or in view. From this perspective using the tools that some authors use such as a story development sheet and a character development sheet; details are then assigned to a character or characters; with this in mine, the time line of the story begins.

This course is best for new or learning writers of fiction; this course takes you on a journey from beginning to the end to develop a story from just an idea and create a story for any genre.

There are no extensive requirements for this course. An ink pen and/or pencil along with a note pad will be the needed materials.

Who is the target audience?
  • Building Blocks for a Short Story is for students with a curiosity to know how writers create short stories. This is not a course for the advanced story writer.
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What Will I Learn?
Spot story ideas that are sounding and in view; take that idea and develop it into a story for any genre.
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  • The needed materials for this course will be an ink pen and/or a pencil along with a note pad.
Curriculum For This Course
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Using Building Blocks for Character and Story Development
2 Lectures 01:38

Learn building blocks that lead to a Short Story that could sell...

Preview 00:56

This quiz will remind you of the parts to a short story.

Parts of a Short Story
1 question

This lecture will let you know the minimal suggested educational requirement needed to be successful in creating a short story through this course.

Preview 00:42
Your Short Story Structure
5 Lectures 06:32

This lecture includes what each part of the building tools for writing short stories are and how they play a part in developing the story.

Preview 01:17

Students will learn that the time line is different than a novel which can lead over a period of months or years. With this knowledge students will learn the time frame a short story should follow.

Preview 00:56

Words are important and the time frame.
It's about the words and a period of time.
1 question

The first line through the remaining of at least the middle of the first part is the introduction of what is about to take place with the main character.

Preview 01:38

Do readers relate to the characters?
1 question

In this area of the story the main character faces obstacles to their set goal. They show their strength and or weakness.

Preview 01:03

In this section you will focus on the steps leading up to this point in the story. Also, you will know if your character succeed or not.

Preview 01:38
Different methods to find story ideas
2 Lectures 04:26

There are many ways to get story ideas. A few will be discussed in this area; looking at your interests, your talents, and events in your life.

Preview 01:24

Do you see an interesting hobby of a friend? What type of conversations do they have? What occupations do they have? In this sections you will get ideas from the examples mentioned above or come up with your own way to gain ideas.

Preview 03:02
Story writing worksheets
1 Lecture 01:45

In this section you can download a sample story development sheet to assist in planning your story.

Story Development Worksheet
Character development worksheets
1 Lecture 02:20

In this section you can download a sample character development sheet to assist in making your main character more believable.

Character Development Worksheet
Producing your manuscript first draft
2 Lectures 03:16

When finishing all lectures up to this point, you will know steps for using a paragraph summary, story development, and character sheet to write your draft.

Writing Your Draft

In this section we will cover two ways to give your draft a title.

Two powerful ways to give your story a great title that sells
Story reading and exercise
3 Lectures 22:10

This is a reading from Chapter 1 of my short story. In this reading I will point out specific details.

Short Story Reading and Details pointed out - Part 1 of my short story.

This is a reading from Chapter 1 part 2 of my short story. In this reading I will point out specific details.

Short Story Reading and Details pointed out - Part 2 of my short story.

This is a reading from Chapter 1 part 3 of my short story. In this reading I will point out specific details.

Short Story Reading and Details pointed out - Part 3 of my short story.
Thank you message to my students
1 Lecture 00:14

I hope your understanding of a short story development has increased.

Thank you!
About the Instructor
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Author and Copywriter

Hello, my name is Debra and I am the author and creator of the course entitled: "How to Write A Short Story That Sells". Writing has brought my imagination and personality to the forefront of my career and allowed me to open new doors. Writing can do the same in your life and career. In fact, the study of writing has helped me become a better communicator and live a less stressful life.

For over 10 years, I have studied the style, structure, and many tools of professional writing. This course is designed to help you learn and apply these tools so that you may also find success as a writer and a better communicator. You may contact me at any point in any lecture with the information I've provided.

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