Romance Short Story - Creative Writing & Outlining Series 1
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Romance Short Story - Creative Writing & Outlining Series 1

Your Short Story Writing Formula to Outlining Up to a 3 Part Short Story Series in the Romance Genre.
4.0 (33 ratings)
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Created by Mike Dickson
Last updated 7/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Write a short story romance book.
  • Use this outline for every short story romance and never have the same story twice.
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  • Students should have a basic understanding of romance stories.

Outline your entire short story romance, with your own characters, setting, and plot in the quickest amount of time possible using your new secret weapon: Fiction Formula.

As you analyze each word of this document you will shortly feel a sense of excitement at the possibility of actually accomplishing your goal of becoming a writer. Until this very moment, you've likely dreamed of that magic pill, that if taken would turn you into a romance writer overnight.

THIS can be your magic pill.

Now, I would like to help you experience the satisfaction of having your very own romance story.

Introducing Romance Short Story - Creative Writing Outlining Series 1...

A seven scene romance guide designed to aid you in the creation of a perfectly formulated romance plot.

Short Story Outlines - Romance is a one of a kind program that removes the years of study required to fully understand story plot and character creation by completing the work for you, leaving you to input your own plot idea, characters, and setting to make a truly unique story.

Did you know that most storylines on the market today are old plots rehashed by new authors?

It's true. There are few original ideas these days, because there doesn't have to be.

Why struggle having to create a romance plot from scratch, when all you have to do is follow a proven romance outline, and drop in your own plot, characters, and setting?

Short Story Outlines - Romance is a shell to the perfect romance story. All it needs to become a best seller, is your idea, your unique characters, and your ideal setting.

No two stories are a like, just as no two writer's are alike.

And to prove this is possible, we'll supply you with the following tools:

A complete 6 scene short story.

  • No longer do you have to try and come up with an actual plot that works! This plot will work for anyone, just drop in your characters, setting, and your own creativity and you're all set!

Plot Checklist Worksheet

  • Want to get an overall picture of the entire plot? No problem, you'll receive the plot checklist worksheet that provides you a big picture of how the story progresses.

Scene Development Worksheet

  • Concerned you don't have the knowledge to properly understand how to construct a scene? Don't be. With this scene development worksheet, all you have to do is read the story prompts and fill in the blanks with your own story idea. It's easy!

Character Trait Worksheet

  • Wondering how to create believable characters? It's really not that tough, and this characters trait worksheet explains how each of your characters play a certain role in your story. Just read the role and keep your character true to the trait, and you're off and running!

6 Share Your Work Sections

  • Never run short of inspiration or motivation with a powerful group of writers just like yourself behind you. In this class, we encourage you to introduce yourself to the group and to share your experiences, struggles, and successes as you progress through each scene. You'll get your best idea's from other students!

Still wondering if it's possible?

Below is a short list of what my students have said about my plot outlines:

Thank you (5 stars) 1 year ago.

  • A detailed course, that is easy to follow. The outline detailed is comprehensive and adaptable.

Good Outline Help (5 stars) 2 years ago.

  • I like the way all the information as kept generic. he called characters by their functions (like protagonist, Emotion, Reason). This allowed me to think in terms of my characters without any biasing or cooling of characters he may have used. With a few tweaks, I actually think this plot will help me with an adventure novel I’m writing.If Michael comes up with another outline for another genre, I will sign up.

Takes the Mystery Out, to Put the Mystery In (5 stars) 4 months ago

  • Michael hands us a template where much of the complexity is reduced so that I can focus on the more personal stuff of my story. I can plug in my characters and have a good idea where they need to go…

Excellent, practical course. (5 stars) 4 months ago

  • I have written and published several non-fiction and children’s books. Now I am writing scripts and fiction. This course is a deep dive into how to outline your fiction story from beginning to end. I heartily recommend it!


Order this month and I’ll also include a free review of your ENTIRE Romance idea PRIOR to beginning the course to help you get the most of the outline. Just jot down your basic ideas with some questions you may have as you begin the course, and I'll respond with my own thoughts on how I would proceed if I were you.

I'll also include a free review of your ENTIRE Romance outline upon completion of the course. I'll read your outline and give you my own personal thoughts on where you might need some additional detail, or information to make the actually writing of your story easier.

With a 30 day money back guarantee, you know you must be satisfied or you'll get all your money back.


Mike Dickson

P.S. As this page nears the bottom, there's never been a better and least expensive time to become a romance writer. Order this course now.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for all writers; especially aspiring, and new writers. All will benefit from this outline.
  • Who should not take this course: Any writer who does not believe in outlining a story prior to writing.
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Curriculum For This Course
57 Lectures
Course Introduction
2 Lectures 06:53

Watch this lecture to get a better understanding of this course and what it includes, and more importantly, what it doesn't.

Preview 03:29

Prospective students often ask me. How can I use the same basic outline as another writer and come out with a completely different story?

This video provides the answer with examples.

Preview 03:24
1 Lecture 02:11

Being a writer is a solitary job. No one disputes that. But, what most new writers don't know, is the successful authors of the world ask for feedback from other writers nearly every day.

Watch this lecture to see how you can potentially get feedback on your story from thousands of new and existing writers.

Writer introductions
Short Story Basics
2 Lectures 04:17

There is a belief that because a short story is short, its easier to write. Actually, it;s not and this lecture provides a few reasons why.

Short stories vs. Novel

This lecture covers the scene test.

Does your story pass the scene test?

The scene test is one of the many secrets writers use to make sure they have a solid foundation to every scene. You must have every element I'm about to show you in every scene you write in order for your scene, to move the plot forward and not go flat.

So, lets look at the elements required.

SETUP – Presents the audience with some matters to initially consider (this is the current state of affairs). Describe everything the audience needs to know for that scene.

REVELATION – adds new information or activity into the mix (something else enters the scene, creating the potential for reaction).

CONFLICT – brings the opposing forces together (the potential becomes an interaction of actions or ideas).

AFTERMATH – describes the new balance which has been created (the scene has developed a new state or direction).

Setup Revelation Conflict Aftermath Methodology
The Romance Plot and Worksheets
1 Lecture 04:40

this video provides a high level overview of the storyline. It's designed to help you begin to become familiar with the story, so you can make the best of your creative decisions as you move through the course.

Preview 04:40
Getting started
1 Lecture 01:27

You'll have a choice near the end of this plot and outline to either creating a fulfilling ending or to keep the story going forward with a cliff hanger and to the next book in your series.

Watch this video to help make a decision to close the book at the end of this course, or move forward with a three part series.

Your choice, one short story or three part series.
Character Introduction and Trait Breakdown
7 Lectures 12:20

Despite the obvious lack of character depth in short stories, it does not mean the author has not taken time to understand their own characters in depth to help them get a better understanding of how each character plays a part in the story.

This lecture is the introduction of what's to come with regard to understanding character traits and building characters for this story.

Do not pass this video up. It's important!

Character building introduction

Okay in this lecture will provide you just a brief explanation of how were going to go about building our characters for the story.

Are you familiar with character traits in every story?

If not, watch this lecture. Understanding each character trait in a story will make or break your career!

Introduction to Character traits

The character trait worksheet the student should print out and keep for review. Also provide the layout of the worksheet.

Your character trait guide
1 page

Description of a protagonist


Archetype Antagonist ↔ Protagonist

An Archetypal Character who represents the qualities of Pursuit and Consider

An Overall Story Character charged with the responsibility of pursuing a solution to the story's Overall (Objective) problem. An Overall (Objective) problem does not mean it can't be personal. Rather, it means that all of the dramatically functioning characters in the story are concerned about the outcome. The true Archetypal Protagonist pursues the solution against the Antagonist. In other stories a close cousin of the Protagonist shares all the same elements except he tries to avoid the Antagonist's plan. For the Pursuing Protagonist the goal is to cause something. For the Avoiding "Protagonist" the goal is to prevent something.


description of an antaognist


Archetype Protagonist ↔ Antagonist

An archetypal character who is in every way opposed to the Protagonist

Antagonist and Protagonist are diametrically opposed. What the Protagonist pursues, the Antagonist seeks to avoid or prevent. Together, Antagonist and Protagonist form a Dynamic Pair centered around the story's Goal. In order for one to succeed the other MUST fail.


description of a guardian


Archetype Contagonist ↔ Guardian

an archetype that represents the motivations of Conscience and Help

This Archetypal character acts as teacher/helper to the Protagonist. As Conscience, he provides the audience with the story's assessment of what is good and bad in the world it describes. In his Dynamic Pair relationship, the Guardian counterbalances the efforts of the Contagonist to hinder progress and tempt the Protagonist from the proper path. Since, according to Archetypal convention, the Protagonist must ultimately face the Antagonist without assistance, both the Guardian and Contagonist must be dramatically nullified before the climax of the story so that they cannot interfere. This often occurs as a separate confrontation between them, just prior to the Protagonist meeting the Antagonist, or it may occur concurrently, but concludes before the actual climax of the story is reached.

Love Interest

description side characters and why their needed.


Archetype Skeptic ↔ Sidekick

an Archetypal Character who represents the qualities of Faith and Support

The Sidekick is the absolutely faithful and supportive member of the Archetypal character set. Although frequently attached to the Protagonist, the Sidekick is identified by what his qualities are, not by who he is working for. In fact, the Sidekick might be attached to the Antagonist or not attached at all. His function is to represent the qualities of faith and support, not specifically to be in service of any other character. However, if the Sidekick is bound to the Protagonist, he can be effectively used to mirror the Author's feelings about the conduct of the Protagonist. Moving scenes can be created by a misguided Protagonist actually alienating the faithful, supportive Sidekick. Although the Sidekick would never turn against the Protagonist, he can turn away from him, leaving rather than being a party to something he finds immoral or disappointing.The

Side Character(s)
Chapter 1 (Protagonist POV)
1 Lecture 03:56

This video will provide you a high level overview of scene 1 in it's entirety. Please watch this lecture to see how the story will unfold.

Scene 1: Introduction
Scene 1: Setup
2 Lectures 07:49

Protagonist is introduced.

Scene 1: Setup

Brief background on protagonist life is introduced.
Protagonist background
Scene 1: Revelation
3 Lectures 14:42

Okay this is one of my favorite parts of the book and that is introducing the love interest of the story. This is the revelation portion of the first scene so don't forget that we have not moved from the very first scene. Everything up until this point has probably been something around 8 to 10 paragraphs of the story and were moving quickly having already established the protagonist as the main character with a little bit of their background and are moving quickly into the love interest introduction.

So the love interest introduction let's look at it in a few different examples.

Using the paralegal as the example last we had the paralegal perhaps leaving an office with a stack of papers under their arms may be just above their head with maybe some other attorneys can a smirking or laughing and the paralegal is walking to another attorney's office to gather more paperwork. The paralegal could be about to enter the second attorney's office to gather more paperwork when they are stopped by perhaps a another paralegal this would be a insignificant character who forewarned them that they are about to walk into the office and come upon this love interest. the purpose of giving the protagonist a heads up about the love interest is to give the reader as much background on the love interest as you can without just coming out and saying it. It builds anticipation for the reader if you can introduce the love interest in kind of a glamorous way.

So for example the paralegal is stopped by this insignificant character who forewarned them that they are about to walk in to this attorney's office and come across the most handsome man They have ever laid there a lot eyes on. This insignificant character can provide within just a few sentences a high-level overview of this most handsome man.

Now that you have the standard set for the reader and the protagonist the protagonist enters the attorney's office. Now this is where you would want to provide the physical attributes of the love interest. So just like the insignificant character stated that this love interest is very handsome or maybe this love interest is not very handsome maybe this love interest in your book is incredibly ugly or has some other kind of physical feature that stands out this is where the protagonist is going to let the reader know what they see.

So provide from the protagonist to what the love interests physical attributes are. Provide some basic background on the love interest either from the protagonist own memory having knowing about the love interest or have some other character fill in the protagonist on the love interest.

From here, we're going to move into the next part of the revelation for scene 1 and that is where the protagonist and the love interest are introduced and that lecture starts now.

Scene 1: Revelation Part I

Protagonist/love interest are introduced to each other.

Memorable moment created here.

5 Protagonist/love interest mild flirting/Protagonist/love interest part.
Scene 1: Conflict
1 Lecture 05:40

Love Interest offers Protagonist one in a lifetime offer or reason to meet in the near future.

Scene 1: Conflict
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About the Instructor
Mike Dickson
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Michael M Dickson is a Udemy Best Selling Instructor, published author, skilled researcher, and entrepreneur.

He creates courses on story structure, novel outlining,  and entrepreneurship, having successfully taught thousands of people his unique techniques in each area.

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