How to Write A Short Story That Sells

Developing Your Short Story Writing Skills
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 42 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • The needed materials for this course will be an ink pen and/or a pencil along with a note pad.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Spot story ideas that are sounding and in view; take that idea and develop it into a story for any genre.

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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Section 1: Using Building Blocks for Character and Story Development

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

1 question

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


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

Section 2: Your Short Story Structure

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.


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.

1 question
Words are important and the time frame.

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.

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.


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.

Section 3: Different methods to find story ideas

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.


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.

Section 4: Story writing worksheets

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

Section 5: Character development worksheets

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

Section 6: Producing your manuscript first draft

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.


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

Section 7: Story reading and exercise

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


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


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

Section 8: Thank you message to my students

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

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Instructor Biography

Debra Benson, 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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