Find Time to Write and Publish Short Stories
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Find Time to Write and Publish Short Stories

A Ten-Step Plan for Writing and Publishing Stories
4.5 (19 ratings)
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1,285 students enrolled
Created by Louise Tondeur
Last updated 4/2019
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 20 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You'll establish a writing habit
  • You'll be able to design, draft, and finish a short story
  • You'll know how to research opportunities for publication and send your work out into the world
Requirements
  • Willingness to try out practical writing activities using the lectures as a guide
  • Willingness to research opportunities for publication using the resources provided
  • It's not essential, but if you're an absolute beginner, you might want to have a look at my free course called 'Starting to Write' first
Description

I believe that you can take any dream, goal or task, and break it down into small steps, and achieve what you want bit by bit, day by day. This beginners course breaks down short story writing into small steps - all of them practical. Follow the activities throughout and you'll be writing short stories by the end of the course. I also take you through a tried and tested method to get your short stories published, that starts exactly where you are, and give you loads of resources to follow up.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who want to have a go at writing short stories
  • Writers who want to take a fresh look at short story writing
Course content
Expand all 67 lectures 03:51:52
+ Welcome to the course
8 lectures 33:50

You'll get to think about whether the freelance writing life is for you - or if short story writing is an interest, but no more, or somewhere in between the two.

Preview 05:00

A warm welcome to the course! You'll find out what you'll be covering during the course, and I talk about the first two things you need if you're going to write short stories: time and space to write.

Preview 04:00

I give you three reasons to write short stories: they're short enough to experience in one go, they're less of a commitment than a longer work of fiction, and you can sell them. 

Why write short stories
04:36

In this video, you get the why behind this course. What is the Small Steps Method anyhow, how did it come about, and what's it got to do with short story writing?

Introducing the Small Steps Method
05:12

You get an overview of all the ten steps in the plan, so you know what's coming up.

An Overview of the Ten-Step Plan
03:21

In this video you'll take on the sometimes thorny issue of whether you should 'write for the love of it' or 'write for the market'. What's the answer? By the end of the course you'll have made up your own mind.

Should you write for the market?
01:45

Bonus lecture. You'll learn how to write a story in one day - if you dare. You'll get a PDF to download with all the key points, too. 

Preview 08:56
+ Step One: Preparing for Success
3 lectures 10:37

You'll find out why it's important to discover stories that you love to read, and I'll give you some free resources to get you started.

The Power of Reading
02:42

In this video you'll find out how to start tapping into the tacit knowledge in your local writing scene - whether that's online or in your community. 

Discover your thing
05:15

I sum up the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course. This is a practical, hands-on writing course. It won't work if you simply listen to me talking. Make sure you stop the videos and schedule some writing time - do the activities as you go along. 

Preparing for success: get writing
02:40
+ Step Two: Don't start with an idea
2 lectures 04:22

You'll find out why you don't need to start with an idea to begin to write a short story. You'll try out direct observation from life and we'll generate some source material instead. 

Direct observation from life, and why it's so powerful
01:52

I sum up the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course.

Don't start with an idea: get writing
02:30

You’re doing well - you’ve learnt how to prepare for success and how to start. Take this fun quiz to test what you’ve remembered!

Test your skills so far
3 questions
+ Step Three: Write what you love
2 lectures 05:14

I give you a simple exercise to do where you explore the things that you love - and in the process generate some more source material for your stories. 

What do you love?
02:14

I sum up the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course.

Write what you love: get writing
03:00
+ Step Four: Spend some time with yourself
2 lectures 05:10

This video is all about why spending time with yourself is crucial for the short story writer. 

Why spend time with yourself?
02:00

I sum up the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course.

Spend some time with yourself: get writing
03:10
+ Step Five: Where do you get your ideas from?
3 lectures 07:22

You get the chance to review the material you've generated, and to come up with some story ideas.

Creating ideas from your source material
02:50

In this video I ask you to commit to one of your ideas, and to write a 'statement of commitment' to the story.

How to commit to a story idea
02:50

I sum up the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course.

Idea generation: get writing
01:42
+ Step Six: Create some characters
3 lectures 08:20

This lecture is all about the people in your story and how to make them authentic.

Populate your story
01:50

A story is about a character overcoming a problem - without problems you don't have a story.

Characters need problems
01:50

I sum up the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course

Create some characters: get writing
04:40
+ Step Seven: Be mean
8 lectures 30:34

A step that many writers find hard - you've got to make things tough for your central character! In this lecture you'll discover why.

Now be mean!
05:32

In this lecture I'll demystify classic (or 'traditional') narrative structure - once you know about it you'll start seeing it everywhere!

Structuring your story
03:15

In this video you'll learn why character, story and place go together - and start thinking about how they work in your own story. 

Why build a world for your characters?
04:02

You'll learn why you've got to make your character want something - which forces him or her into action, so your story can unfold. 

Problems and Character Goals
04:15

There are so many versions of this online that a short story writer can be left confused - which versions apply to me, and how should I use them? I explain how the narrative arc works, so you can apply it to your own story.

The Narrative Arc
04:18

You'll find out which resources to turn to if you'd like further information on story structure.

Where to find out more about story structure
04:20

This is the first of two summaries where I go over the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course.

Be mean: get writing
02:16

In the second of two summaries, I go over the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course.

Story structure: get writing
02:36
+ Step Eight: Drafting and Redrafting
3 lectures 08:22

In this video you'll learn about getting words down on the page, and then reworking them, and how it all comes down to scheduling - even if you don't feel like doing it.

Drafing and Redrafting
02:42

I sum up the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course.

Drafting and Redrafting: get writing
03:30

In this bonus lecture, I give you some strategies for your final edit - plus a download of questions to ask of your manuscript when you get to this stage. 

Your final edit
02:10
+ Step Nine: Divide by three
3 lectures 12:05

You'll find out about a simple but powerful structuring technique that will help you to plan, write and finish your story.

Preview 02:38

How long should my story be? Short story lengths vary from 6 words to 10K words plus. You'll discover the word length that works for you, using one of three possible strategies.

How long should my story be?
06:56

I sum up the actions you need to take to complete this section of the course.

Preview 02:31