Hurry – class size is limited to SIX!
As I continue my journey to help writers and artists prepare work for inclusion in either the ‘2021 Indie Authors’ Mystery Anthology,’ OR the ‘2022 Indie Authors’ Short Story Anthology,’ I’ve learned more about short stories than I thought I would. While I developed my checklist for drafting a short story, it seems there are more ways than I ever dreamed of.
First, though it would seem a short story is simply a novel in miniature, it truly isn’t. A short story has unique elements.
Your characters and plot are essential to moving the story along. However, in a short story, you will usually find only ONE Main Character and fewer Secondary Characters. And while you will want your MC to be three-dimensional, your SC’s are generally only two-dimensional at best.
Now, I used to take a basic approach to draft the short story. I got an idea, and I just started to write. However, through my reading over the past two years and my concentrated study during the last two months, I have learned that approach isn’t the best.
The ideas for short stories need to be complex and thematic, almost more so than in a novel. So, rather than just start writing, it is crucial to allow the idea to simmer and build in your mind.
A great short story hinges on the strength of your plot and your characters. So, it is more important than ever to develop both before you begin your story.
Beginning on September 20, 2021, Mustang Patty Talks Writing and Heathory Press will be offering a class for Creative Writing and the Short Story. The course will run for six weeks, with plenty of worksheets and practice, and submission of your first draft, and then your final draft.
The price for the course is $50 – and the class will be limited to six students. This way, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction, a thirty-minute, weekly video conference between Mustang Patty and each student for questions and answers.
Both submissions will be returned with editorial comments and story concept advice, along with editorial notes along the way.
This Introductory Course will be taught a total of three times (if there is enough interest.) The next class will begin after the first of the year.
Hope to see you apply for a spot in either this class or the next,