How to Write a Short Story | B.A. Burgess | Skillshare
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32 Lessons (3h 26m)
    • 1. 1 Introduction & Welcome

    • 2. 2 Brainstorming

    • 3. 3 Brainstorming in Action

    • 4. 4 Brainstorming Notes

    • 5. 5 Mining

    • 6. 6 Mining in Action

    • 7. 7 Pick three

    • 8. 8 Pick Three in Action

    • 9. 9 Choose

    • 10. 10 Choose in Action

    • 11. 11 Summarizing

    • 12. 12 Sales Description in Action

    • 13. 13 Spill One

    • 14. 14 Spill One in Action

    • 15. 15 Spill Two

    • 16. 16 Spill Two in Action

    • 17. 17 Mapping

    • 18. 18 Mapping in Action

    • 19. 19 Drafting

    • 20. 20 Drafting in Action

    • 21. 21 Drafting Continued

    • 22. 22 Drafting Continued

    • 23. 23 Drafting Continued

    • 24. 24 Drafting Continued

    • 25. 25 Finalizing

    • 26. 26 Finalizing in Action

    • 27. 27 Friend Reading Notes

    • 28. 28 Finalizing Continued

    • 29. 29 Finalizing Continued In Action

    • 30. 30 Mission Complete

    • 31. Bonus

    • 32. 05/2020 - Update & Check-in

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About This Class

This course is not just about writing.  It is about finishing what you start.

In this class, I'll share with you my six-step process for writing short stories.  I'll not only tell you about the steps, but I'll show you how I do them. 

During this class, I'll write a short story from scratch in front of you in real-time.  You'll get to watch my screen as I work, and I'll talk you through what I'm thinking to give the most complete picture of the process.

What you’ll learn

  • How to write and FINISH a short story.

Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?

  • Students need to have read one short story in their life.

Who this course is for:

  • Writers.
  • Aspiring writers.
  • Pleasure writers.
  • Professional writers.

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B.A. Burgess

Writer | Writing Facilitator


I am a writer and founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press.  I was born and raised in Tennessee.  Despite that fact, you will never hear me say "Y'all." 

When I'm not writing, I'm working out.  When I'm not working out, I'm eating, knitting, painting, or watching Frasier for the thousandth time.

I want to help you write by showing the systems that work for me.  Maybe, they will work for you.  Maybe, they won't.  Regardless of the outcome, you will have started which is all it takes to finally do the writing you've been thinking about doing for years.

Please, enjoy my free journaling course called Simply Journaling.  This course does a couple of things:  shows you ... See full profile

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1. 1 Introduction & Welcome: hello and welcome to how to write a short story. Six steps to writing your short story without getting caught up in the minutia. Speaking of getting caught up in the minutia, if you would like to skip the introduction video, you certainly may. I promise I will not be offended. Hello there on Barber. That's me in the picture there. Um, I'm a writer and from Nashville, Tennessee, which might account for my accent. That slips out every now and then, especially as we move into the writing portion. You might know me as Barbara and Burgess. That's the pen name that I use for all of my Children's books. But you might also know me as the teacher of Write a Children's book in Seven Days or Less , which is also available on this platform. And if you're interested in this class, there a few things you need to know. I am a quick teacher. I don't like Teoh surround you with a lot of fluff. I just want to get straight to the point. I want to get to the actionable parts, so that leads me to the next thing you should know is that this class is very actionable. If you do the things that are listed, you will have a short story by the end of this class. But you have to actually do these things. I also teaching a monkey see monkey do kind of format. So I will tell you what we're going to do. What action steps air coming up. I will then show you how I do these action steps and then I will leave you to do than yourself. And um, yeah, we'll see what happens after that. Keep in mind that all of these steps that I'm telling you this is what works for me. Hopefully it will work for you. You might have to modify my steps a little bit, and that's fine, too. But I am gonna ask you to try it my way first, because you don't know until you try. I've taken loads, loads of writing classes in my life, and what I found to be the most educational part is doing something exactly the way someone else does and seeing why it doesn't work for me, because when you know why something doesn't work, you tend to find a way into what does work for you. Another thing I want to mention before we move on is that you do have a class project in your class. Project is to write a short story by the end of this class. No problem. I'm going to invite you to share your story, but no pressure. If you don't want to share your work, You certainly don't have to. A lot of us writers, we just right for the pleasure. And I understand I love to write writing. It's so much fun for me. But I'm not going to share everything that I've written with the entire world, You know, that's not my jam. So what? I'm gonna dio um eso share your short story. Don't cherish your short story. That's, uh, totally on you. If you're ready to get writing, let's move on to step one 2. 2 Brainstorming: step one Really simple, really obvious. We're gonna do some brainstorming. So the key to good brainstorming when you're trying to accomplish a writing goal in a short period of time is to keep it simple. I love vision boards. I love visual aids. I love art in general, this is not the time to sit down and make a big infographic. We're trying to get from a to B as quickly and efficiently as possible, so that means keeping everything super duper simple. You're going to need to number of page 1 to 20. You could do the senator book or you can open some sort of word processing software and set your bullets to numbers. This is not the time to learn new software again. We're trying to be quick and efficient, so go to old faithful, use what you like, and that'll be fine. You will need to set a timer for 10 minutes. You could do this on your phone, your Alexa, your microwave. Or you can use the video after this one as your timer, if you like, because I'm going to do this live, semi live for you as well. So in this 10 minutes. What we're going to do with our brainstorming is we're going to write down every idea we have rattling around in our head that we can get out in 10 minutes. This means writing down characters, settings, scenes now for me. When I have a story idea, it comes to me mostly unseen format. I will see something in my mind that is akin to an independent film, and it will be a scene from the story, but it won't be the whole story. So I write and scenes a whole lot. If you have a character is setting in mind, do yourself a favor and just write down a couple of main words to describe those things, something that will trigger the memory of that character setting so that you don't spend your entire 10 minutes on just one small piece of an idea. So that's it. Like I said, super simple. All we have left to do now is to go, go, go! So in the next video, I will set a timer for 10 minutes and you will excuse me. Not right. Me. He will watch me come up with some short story ideas on the fly 3. 3 Brainstorming in Action: Okay, Friends. So in this part of the video, as soon as I start my timer, I'm going to list all the ideas that I have rattling around in my mind. I am going to speak to you as much as possible because I think that if you have insight to how other people's minds work when they create, it might help you to gain a little insight about your own mind. So I'm going to talk the entire time. So good luck to us all. I am starting my timer in 321 go. Okay, 10 minutes. So I started writing a novella a while ago that I never finished, but I think would make a great short story. And it's about a couple getting what I call fast food. Married? Um, that means in a courthouse. No offense to anyone who's ever been married in a courthouse. My first marriage was in a courthouse. Wouldn't change. Think about it. Couple getting very fast food married, but they don't know each other. I think in the shorts the novella that I originally started, they had known each other for something like 48 hours. I'm in the middle of writing a science fiction book. Right now, I say I'm in the middle of writing at him in the middle of editing my science fiction book right now. So I've got aliens on the mind and I love to work out, and I'd love to see aliens, um, doing a CrossFit games kind of thing. Let's see what else I like. I like peeking in on personal moments in literature. The, um, the book adultery. I can't live with the guy saying the word it. That was a very uncomfortable book because it looked at all of these private moments in people's lives. And I would like to write something maybe not that uncomfortable, but maybe a conversation between two people having an affair or in the beginning of a relationship, Uh, just leave it at that. I'm writing. I'm writing a kids book for the 6 to 8 year old kids right now, um, a Marine for my step person. And it's about a young girl who here's wind chimes and that's a signifier, that she has power of some sort. What else? Um ah, goodness. I had this idea the other day, so I was thinking it's good to pull from your past. Um, when you're if you're killing it with stories, short story idea of the particulars, it's good to pull from your past. Just remember, this is fiction, not narrative nonfiction. Um, let's see. Person waiting for a date to get off work sits at table with another person who? Another person who is dating the person they are waiting on. That's a really complicated sentence, but this list is just for me to refer to, so it makes sense to me. Um, what else? I need 20 ideas. 20 ideas about mermaids. I want to do something with the mermaids. Mermaids are really popular right now as I write this in 2019. They were really popular last year, but they're still kind of opulent now. But I like the idea of, um, I would like to write about mermaids, but in my mind, mermaids are evil. So all of this nice mermaid stuff going on, I want to write a mermaid serial killer. Let's just let's make it, um, let's use something else. Something else. Something else. This could be for kids, but, uh, Santa arrives on Halloween instead of Christmas. Oops, I don't know. That could be fun. That could be something funny. Um oh, goodness. What else? What's so funny is that I have a list. I have two or three lists, actually, in several places. Of all the book ideas that I've ever had, I have a digital list and I have a digital ascent of paper list. But I'm not looking at any of them. And because I've written them down there out of my head and has made space uh um, woman learns rock climbing. That could be fun. Why is she learning rock climbing? Is she good at rock climbing dogs outside? Oh, Wolf. Let's see, There are dogs and, um, NGS and birds outside. As I write this NK four minutes and 30 seconds left, um, man trapped in a living, er, superhero therapy. I like the idea of a claustrophobic person trapped in a small space with someone who's really chatty. All they want to do is talk. I also like the idea of superheroes having a therapist. Um, this is actually going to be a collection of short stories. It's gonna come out soon. Ah, let's see what else? When in doubt look around you. So I've got some of that water colors, but that meditation beads I've got Planet of the Apes book bullet journal. What else? Snowden. Let's see. Um, confession Booth. I'm really obsessed with confession booths. I grew up in a Methodist church, which is similar to a Catholic church in a lot of ways, but not totally similar. I've never been to confession. Always wanted to go. I don't know why, but I think it might feel good. Um, librarian finds secret door, huh? Shelf door. 02 minutes. Two minutes. Gotta hurry. Gotta get 20 candle makers. Something about a candle maker. I could write some sort of her story about clowns. Clowns are terrifying. Um, I started writing a story about cows with pants. Could pick that one back up. Oh, goodness. This untitled document over here, Not this one is another list. I did this one last night. Um, yeah, that was fun. That's a good idea. That hyper sexualized thing. I don't want to cheat, though. It was an idea had lost sight. Can I put it on here? Of course I can. I make the rules. Ah, hyper sexualized model and a feminist who is against beauty as social currency. To be clear, um, I do not think all feminists and all models would not get along, But I like the to, um, archetypes being forced together for some reason. Oh, no. One minute left. Okay, let's think about it. Skiing. Skiing terrifies me. Um, I want a spot. It's a kind of spot. Like a lady spy. What's something else? Something else. Uh, internal monologue of yoga instructor or student. Okay, that's 20. That's 20. And they're not all good. Ah, 5432 one. Boop, boop! It's over. Okay, so I am going to get a fresh glass of water. I'm going to warm up my coffee, and then we will come back to this list for the next part. Um, actually, we'll come back to this list just so I can talk to about it a little bit more, and then we'll move on to the next step. How does that sound? Perfect. 4. 4 Brainstorming Notes: okay, friends quickly before we move on to Step two. Want to address two things about my list? And it might be true for your lists as well. The first thing is that you might have ideas on your list that you've written about in the past. So example number one here that I highlighted couple getting fast food Married. I've written about 20,000 words about the couple that's in my mind right now, so I really want to address them again. But I think what I really want to do is go back and edit. The words have already written, so if something you've already written has made it to your list, put it aside for a later date because this is not an editing list. This is a writing list. The second thing I want to mention is, Ah, personal experiences. So our experiences do dictate our craft, and we pull from personal experience. I would say 90% of the time. So this one that I've highlighted here person waiting on a date to get off work and sits at the table with the person who's dating the person they're waiting on. That actually happened to me that actually happened to me in my twenties. Um so if I decide to write, this is a short story. I'm going to have to change the names of the parties involved, changed the location, possibly change the outcome, definitely change parts of the conversation, or add in pieces of the conversation because this is a short story. This is not narrative nonfiction. This is fiction. So there are short stories that are narrative nonfiction. You can certainly write those, but to protect the parties involved, it's best to change as much as possible. And I would like I would like this to be fictionalized 100%. So, um, just keep that in mind that if you're pulling from a personal experience to change the party's names, even if you're shooting for narrative nonfiction, which is the retelling of actual events from your perspective, you want to change the other parties involved to some degree just to protect them unless you have written and or verbal consent. Okay, time to move on to step two 5. 5 Mining: Okay, Step two is the mining process. The mining process takes a little while, just a heads up. We're going to set a timer three times during the mining process. So you're looking at 30 minutes of your life to the mining process, so be prepared for that. The mining process is digging into the brainstorming list and mining it for details. So we'll go through each item on our brainstorming list and we'll ask ourselves questions such as What do I see? What happens next? That kind of thing, as we asked these questions will make little notes about details. And if you just have an extreme vision of something going on in one of these one of these bits of your brain storming list and you can write the details down there so this is our first of three timer. So go ahead and set a timer for 10 minutes and ah, you can go, go, go. Of course, I'm going to set my timer in the next video and you will watch me go. So you can, of course, use my video as the timer. And also I will be talking to you the entire time. I'm doing my first mining stage. So keep that in mind. I'll see you in the next 6. 6 Mining in Action: Okay, It's time for us to go through our brainstorming list. So I am about to set a timer for 10 minutes, and we'll see what kind of details I can mind from from all of these strange, strange items on the list. All right, 10 minutes. Starting now. Okay, Um, here's what I'm going to do because I have written about this already. I'm going to Am I gonna underline it? No. I never remember where the highlighter is. Um, just a side note. Never remember where the highlighter is. So I changed the change. The color of the font instead, that's what we're going to do here. But generally don't use pages. That's why I don't have all the skills, um, aliens during cross CrossFit games kind of thing. Uh, so I like the idea of one alien race thinking it is better then another. They need to prove it be so funny. If they had to do it with, like, obstacle course racing. I don't know. That may not be a thing. I don't know. I'm not feeling confident about that one conversation between two people having an affair or in the beginning of a relationship. Now this particular idea. I see as a scene in a movie, and I see I see the woman getting dressed. Um, and I see the man putting its watch back on. I think they're talking about where this so going, This could turn into something This seems very vanilla and like it's been done a 1,000,000,000 times because it has been. But this works because and I'm gonna put it in bold here. This works because there's conflict, conflict and a question that's why this will work is a short story. Short stories need, um they need conflict and opposing forces to work. So that's something to look for. And we'll talk about that a little bit when we go into our next phase of the mining process . Um, this is also something that's this is being written right now. So groups, so I can just go ahead and put a big red font on that one. Red means stop. Obviously, um, if you watch that last video, you know what this one's all about. So I'm I like the idea of fictionalizing this. So I see there are three people involved, three parties involved. One party is working and can be seen from a window. No, like that. I'm have they end up sitting together. How did they end up sitting together? That's the question I have. Maybe, uh, they're sitting across. Oh, that's it. They're sitting across from each other and one says to the so they're sitting across from each other. And one, uh, we're gonna say person B comments. That person see is looking at person a through the window, like they are in love. That's how the conversation starts. Um, and the the conflict here, this has conflict to this has several conflicts cope with this symbol to says conflict. So does person b tell See that they to our dating this one. This is a This is like a big pile of spaghetti in my head. I need to unravel it. This this story might need extra outlining. Um, mermaids, evil discuss. Um, but that's what it should say. Anything. Um, I don't really see anything when I think it's just a just a notion. Still, this has good conflict. The Santa thing has could conflict because how does he get back? How does he get back? Does he get back? Is he stuck Let's say he is stuck. Let's say he is stuck. And he has to find a place to stay until Christmas. That's a luxury. Assumes he stay with. To stay at the White House would be funny. Does he stay? Oh, did you stay at a hippie commune there? So many, so many things. Okay, so there's something. Um uh, woman learns rock climbing. Full disclosure. That is a short story I've written already. Yep. It's not done, but it started. Okay, I've only got three minutes and 45 seconds to go, and I haven't even made it to the bottom of the list, so I'm gonna start going a little bit faster. Ah, this is good, because it has conflict. Um, this is good, because it has opposites, but I don't really have a story there. This is already, Um this is something that I've been working on. Um, so I'm gonna put a hold on this. This is also this is that idea came to me because there's a book. I have a book coming out in July. That's about getting snowed in. Um, gosh, this is also 1/2 written thing. So if if you take nothing away from this at all. I hope you take away the fact that I am a published author and I have so far 123 four, five, six unfinished manuscripts on this brainstorming list. So don't feel bad about your half written stuff. We all have half written stuff, but eventually it all the whole Britain wanted. Um uh, finds a door. What's the door lead to candle maker? I don't have anything there. I wrote my very first horror story when I was nine years old about clowns. This is half started. I really like this. Um, this is good, because there are opposites. So that's the potential that that story has skiing. I'm afraid of skiing. First lesson skiing. Ah, so full disclosure here, The spy thing in my mind, I immediately thought about that episode of Doria, where they open a cafe and she writes a short story about, um, a spy. A female spy that kills communists, which is terrible, is really dark, um, killing folks, but but stories people kill people in in books, you know, But that's every time I think about writing about a spy character, I think about that episode of diarrhea. We'll save that for later. Um, internal monologue of you. This'll has. Ah, I could see this having a linear structure. So if it's the student, let's take away the yoga teacher. New student. This actually, this could work because it has, um, it has opposing forces, Right? Because the student might want to attend yoga, but is afraid I don't have We've got 25 seconds to go. I think that's all the mining I can get out of this session, I think. Yeah. So there's 15 seconds left on the clock here. I'm just gonna leave you to it. Big countdown. Big countdown. Three to one. Uh, OK, so that's the end of our timer. And this is all the mining that I could do. Um, yeah, this is this is the mining. I feel pretty good about it. And in the next slide, we will talk about what we're going to do now that we've done one mining session on our list. 7. 7 Pick three: we're in the second phase for mining process. Now, in this phase, we are going to pick up to three ideas. Please try Not disliked more than three. I always want to write every single idea on my list. And the good news is is that if you feel that way to you can just not. Right now, you can't do everything all at once. So select three ideas. These three ideas need to meet some criteria. So the three ideas must excite you and you must have more to say. So make sure you just judge the ideas that you choose by these criteria and you'll be fine . So after you've done that, you're going to elaborate on these ideas a little bit more only if you need to. You may have done all the elaboration necessary in the first section. Totally fine. We are going to set a 10 minute timer again. You may not need all 10 minutes. Okay, I'm going to take up the entire 10 minutes because I want you to be able to use my video as a timer. But I make it finished before the 10 minute timer goes office. Well, who knows I'm about to dive into it. So I don't know what's gonna happen next. So if you're ready, I'm ready. Let's hop to it. 8. 8 Pick Three in Action: Hello. Everyone in this lecture river learned about views in Teradata SQL and we will also see the advantages off using views. So views in a stool and nothing but a saved escalate quickly revert. Normally complex are big school queries. Results are stored using views. So let's see an example in which we're going toe preparing a skill query and we're going toe stored. The result off school, Grady using views select static from die start imply this is my first table. So I'm going to use joints toe. Combine this table with another table, which is called department table select. So this is my department table in this table. I have this department I d through this department idea. I'm going to join this imply table, you know, join department. He be on condition Igor department I d equals to be dark department. I d. So let me quit this imply name. He don't imply name. E dark position, A dark facility. Be dark Department name for this is my SQL query. Let me executor discreetly. So the result off this escort, Grady, is not saved anywhere. So you think view, I can save the result off this Siskel quickie. So let's create of you create view then the name off you, Let's say employ underscore view. So this is my name. Name of you? Yes. This select execute disk Ready, Create view completed. So in order to retrieve the data from view, I will use select statement Select static from name off. You bitches imply underscore view. Look, data has been saved in this imply underscore view. So any time, if I'm required the information off this SQL Grady instead off running dish skulking Quaid e with joints. I will just execute this view, which is imply underscore view, you think Select statement. So in this Lee, I can avoid complex joins, aggregate functions and many other things. So let's say I don't want the salary column in my view. So in order to modify the result off view, I will use replace view statement. So lets you here in this result, I don't want this salary column, so I will just write, replace view, remove the salary column and from this Grady. So let's execute this replace you completed. So let me execute this escalate e look. Ah half modified this view using replace you statement the lecture. I don't find this view anymore. So I've used drop view statement to drop this year. So drop view, then the name off, you imply underscore view is my name. So let me execute this. Drove you completed de imply underscore view, local imply and a Scorpio doesn't exist So this has been dropped. So what are the advantages off using view? So these are the advantages. So user can be given access only to views instead off base tables. So instead of giving access to these imply in department tables, I can create a view and can only give access toe this particular table imply underscore view. So this is the benefit off using view. You can save the desire a school query result using views and later can be used if it requires. So so, these are some benefits off creating of youth 9. 9 Choose: it's time for us to move into the final phase of the mining step, which is to choose one. Just one. We're going to choose a single idea. Just get all of our attention to for the remainder of class when we're choosing that one idea from our list of no more than three, we need to look for the story idea that has a clear beginning, middle and end. So you may have already accidentally outlined the beginning, middle and end of your story underneath your story idea, as you were expanding on these ideas very possible. Um, if you haven't written it down, don't worry about it. You might just have an idea of the beginning. Middle and end in your head. That's fine. You also want to choose the one that writes itself. So we're going for fast, an actionable just like I said when the class started. So maybe you have in your Final Three list of story ideas. Maybe you have a story that feels personal heavy, and the story almost feels precious to you. The story feels important to you. I want you to avoid that story like the plague, Not forever. Just for right now, stories that weigh heavy on your heart like that. You care about them so much that you're not going to finish them in a timely fashion. We're looking for something. You can finish the timely fashion. Consider this quickly written story the warm up For all of your most passionate writing that you're going to do in the future, you need to be able to finish some things and get some rewards. And I'm speaking from personal experience. There is a fantasy Siri's that I have been working on for over 10 years because this story is so personal to me. I I don't know if I will ever finish it. I love it so much. I love the character so much, and it's so important to me. So I work on that project for fun and at my leisure. And when I'm working on other things, I have a stricter time limit, and I have set goals and publishing dates and things like that because they mean a little less. To me, they're still important, but they mean a little less or a lot less than that fantasy series it was talking about. So I'm not telling you to ignore the most important story you'll probably ever tell in your life. I'm not saying that at all, but for the purpose of this class and for the purpose of your well being, you need to pick something you could finish asked go for minimum viable product. So we're going to set another timer for 10 minutes. This part probably will not take you 10 whole minutes. Um, but, you know, allow yourself 10 minutes just in case, and then it's ready. Set, go time. So let's set a timer and I'll meet you over on my screen. 10. 10 Choose in Action: Okay, here we go. I'm just going to take a few minutes to select one of these story ideas to work on. I've left my phone way across the room, so I'm just looking at the clock and here we owe Okay. So I need to choose the story that is easiest to write. That has a clear beginning. Middle meant That's it. This has a very clear beginning. Middle and end, This one at the bottom about the yoga student. I just don't know that that story would if I say it would be easy for me to write that I don't know how easy it would be. It feels like the kind of thing I should be able to write very quickly in maybe one or two sessions. But something about this particular story is telling me No, um, and I think it's because it's from the perspective of one character, which is harder, Um, for me, harder for me. I really love this idea. The conversation between two people in a room, I imagine. Imagine that one would write fairly quickly. This one here about the three people in the date. The ending of that I could into that story on a note of? Well, no, I really don't know. I can think of three or four ways to end this story. And, you know, when I'm thinking about the one at the top about the couple in the room, it puts me a little in mind of conversations with friends. I don't remember who wrote that book either. I'm having a terrible time with author names today. Ah, but the dynamics between the characters, it's very unsettling. And it was another book that made me uncomfortable. These books that stick with me have made me uncomfortable in some way, which means that the author did their job very well. I am not above a coin, flip people. Um, not a public coin flip, because I think I could write all of these. They're all pretty easy. This one is outlined the most on paper. This one This this one has the potential to have humor. Um, which is important to me. This is the one. This is the one doing this one. This is it, though. Just making a decision. I'll come back for these other two later. Yes. Done. In what, three or four minutes Okay, Cool. It's done. This is my short story idea. This is the This is a project. OK, here we go on to the next. 11. 11 Summarizing: Step three is the summarizing step. So just like the mining section in this section, we will have three different opportunities to set a 10 minute timer. So this whole section will take you 30 minutes through and through. So, um, somewhere I think this might seem a little premature, but it's not in this particular part. We're going to be writing a sales description, so the story hasn't even written yet. How do we know what to write their sales description? We don't. We're just gonna guess the sales description is an interesting way to summarize a story because you can still leave questions in there for you, the writer, because it's nice to leave questions in for readers to kind of lure them into the story. The purpose of this is not to actually write riel sales. Copy that you're gonna put out there in the world. So it doesn't have to be perfect, but you're going to sell the story to yourself, right? A sales pitch that will entice you to both right and read this story. This could be 1 to 4 sentences long, and I took about a minute a minute or two to write this next bit. So this is This is my example. When Carmen arrives early for her date, she takes a seat by the window to watch her make fancy coffee drinks. She's joined by a friendly stranger who has an interesting connection to the new woman in her life. So this does a couple of things. So as a reader, right, I'm drawn in because I don't know what the connection is. I want to know more about this stranger. I also know that Carmen is in a new relationship, so that's interesting. And, uh, she's in a lesbian relationship. So as a reader, I can tell that this is going to be some sort of romance story that falls in the new relationship. Probably knew adults genre and in the lesbian drama, and I'm interested in all of these things, so I'd be happy to read the story. So let's flip it. How does this sell it to me as a writer? As a writer, I want to know what she and the stranger talking about. I also I know the connection between the main character and stranger. I'm interested in exploring that, and I also I want to know how it ends. I want to know how it ends, and I can see a few ways for it to end. So it's my job as the writer to go through and write it and see where the story goes. So again, this is Let me be very clear. This is not excellent copy of there. There's a whole other way of writing copy. And this is just for me. Normally, people won't see these. This is a class, so you're getting to see this. But this is just a way to kind of draw the story out of me as a writer and as a reader. So I'm going to write this again. We're going to set a timer for 10 minutes, just like we did before. And in that 10 minutes, you should be able to write 2 to 3 different versions of your sales description. So use the 10 minutes to your advantage, right? A bunch of different sales descriptions delete the ones you don't like. It doesn't matter, and we will do this together in the next video for my short story and again, you can always use my video as the timer if you need to 12. 12 Sales Description in Action: Okay, here we go. We're going to write a sales description. Okay? I'm going to set my timer for 10 minutes and work off. Okay, Lets see. I've been in the main character, Carmen. That happened by mistake. So let's rewrite what I had written before. When Carmen arrives early for her date, she takes a seat near a window and watches. Said her new girlfriend watches her date, make fancy coffee drinks while she is waiting. She's joined by Friendly, a stranger who has an interesting connection to her new lady loves. That's stupid. I don't talk like that. I do talk like that, which is waiting. She's joined very firmly center the interesting connection to her to the new woman in her life. There we go. That's interesting. That's pretty pretty. OK, how else could I say this? I'm sticking with the wind. Carmen Carmen arrives early for date. It takes a seat. Cheese. I'm just gonna write the same thing. Amaze will copy and paste it. I like this line. Let's see. What if the stranger speaks to her in the summary early for her day, She takes a seat near the window and watches her date make fancy coffee drinks. Yeah, Okay. A stranger notices. She's admiring the beautiful Barney stuff and s to join her. She waits lo. She waits for her dinner companions. Maybe as they as they pass the time, it becomes clear that the stranger nos there's a stranger A little, uh, I shared a room. Stranger knows more about her date. Oh, that's good. More about her date. Then she does. Maybe, huh? Let's see. Do I take it further? Is the question When Carmen arrives early for her date, she takes a seat near a window and watches her date make fancy coffee drinks a stranger notices She's admiring the beautiful bury stuff and asked to join while she waits for her dinner companions. As they pass the time, it becomes clear that the stranger knows more about her date than she does. Let's change it up. Carmen is on. I hate when they use cliches like this, but I'm gonna go and use it. Carmen is on cloud nine. That's right. I wrote it. Cloud nine. His on cloud nine has a promising new relationship and no. Nope, nope. Nope. Nope. Carmen With the past tense that Carmen was so nervous. I hate when people put so in there. Carmen arrived Common arrived early for her second date. With With Who? What's her name? What's her name? I don't know her name. Carmen arrived early for her second date with. I want to call her Natalie. I don't know why Carmen arrived early for a second date with Natalie. She was forever worried about being late. She waved it Natalie with the window of the visit, a cafe, a cafe, cafe or bakery. She waved Natalie through the window of the cafe and took a seat. - I don't know if this is necessarily sales copy, but ah, let's see. Carmen arrived early for for her second date with Natalie. She was forever worried about being late. She waved at Natalie through the window of the cafe into the seat as she watched Natalie through the window. Her mind races, stories of what could possibly become of them. She must have been staring. Maybe she must have been staring because her daydreams were interrupted by a gentle voice asking you were in love with that woman, aren't you? And that's the end of it. I think I'm gonna stick with this one. We've got 40 seconds left on the timer. I think this middle one, uh, does the best job. Let me read it aloud again. When Carmen arrives early for her date, she takes a seat near a window and watches her date make fancy coffee drinks. The stranger notices. She's admiring the beautiful birdie step and asked to join her while she waits for her dinner companions as they passed the time, it becomes clear that this stranger knows more about her date than she does. Yeah, so we're going to stick with this one. I think I like this one. So, uh, seven seconds left on the clock here, and I've managed to write three sales descriptions of varying length and varying tone. And I even had time to read through them all and select one. So this is my selection here, and I'm going to open a new document here and pasted in as my guiding light. Of course you can. You can delete the others if you wish and use that same document. So now that we've done that, we can move on to the next part of the summarising phase. See over there 13. 13 Spill One: So now we're in the second phase of step three summarizing and that is spill. This is spill one. So I called us the spill because at this point, we've written sales description. So we have primed the pipes, if you will, for the story to come out. All we're going to do now is summarize this story, not in a sales description kind of way. We're just going to summarize this story in anywhere from 1 to 4 sentences again. And we're going to tell the beginning middle, an end of story. This should not take the entire 10 minutes, Um, if you do it just once, all the way through. But if you're like me and you're not quite sure how the story is going to end, you can use this 10 minutes to summarize this story and put in a many different endings that you like, put in as many different beginnings that you like and put in this many different middles as you like. So it's an opportunity to explore different ways of telling the story in the shortest for impossible, and I'll show you exactly how I do that. Once we set our 10 minute timer and we go. So if you're ready, go ahead and pop on to the next section and I will show you how I do this. 14. 14 Spill One in Action: Okay, we're ready to do spill number one. And just as I said in the previous video, I have enough time to write the beginning, middle and end probably two or three times in this 10 minutes. And I'm going to use it all because I really only want to do this one time, right? That's the reason for the 10 minute timer on all of this. If we put a deadline on it, we get it done in that deadline, and then we can move on. We could easily work on first draft stuff, work on outlining stuff forever and ever. Amen. But we really as writers need to get in the practice of finishing things. So with that in mind, I'm starting the timer now. Spill number one. So when I first sit down to do this, I tend Teoh, keep it a simple it's possible, and I do this clearly. This means beginning middle, and so in the beginning we have. Carmen arrives for date and daydreams in the middle hangs out with creepy stranger. She's not creepy friendly, friendly stranger. In the end, I want the The date is a bar Easter. We've decided she's named Natalie, didn't we, um, Natalie approaches table with both women looking up at her. Okay, that's my first summary. I wouldn't even call that a summary. To be honest with you, it's Mormon outline. So let's start summarizing this in paragraph form. And again, the English doesn't have to be perfect, so that means grammar spelling. None of that has to be perfect. Normally nobody will see this. So in the beginning, we have and excited Carmen waits for her date to get off work so they can have their second official date. We're just gonna change her date to Natalie while daydreaming about their house in the country. Um, a stranger approaches and ass share the table while they wait for another one to free up, free up. Might be a southern way of saying becomes available. I don't know. And excited. Carmen waits for Natalie to get off work so they can have their second official date while daydreaming about their house in the country. A stranger approaches and asks to share the table while they wait for another. I don't know why I'm using that pronoun. While she waits for another one to free up the stranger introduces herself. Let's give her a name. Introduced herself as joy. I like joy, introduced herself as joy and lights a cigarette. People still smoke here. Um, if anybody is wondering every time I see somebody light a real cigarette, I think it's so weird because those Vape e things have been around for so long. It's just it's funny to see people smoking actual cigarettes again. Um, thank you. Cigarettes. Joy opens a line of questioning akin to I always spell interrogation Wrong? Oh yeah, nailed it. Interrogation side note Kids, You don't have to be really good at spelling or grammar. To be a writer, you just have to be a storyteller. The grammar and the spelling and all that gets worked out in the edits. Um, Carmen, I think Carmen is too in love to see how strange the line of questioning IHS the two women bond over a shared interest. I don't know what that shared interest would be. Let's see, the two women bond over their love of reading in the bond. It's strengthened when they realize they are carrying around and thus reading the same book . That's not how you spell there. Um, OK, We've got about four minutes left, and I need to wrap up this summary, but already because I'm not trying to hit a word count and lengthen spelling and grammar doesn't matter. I feel like this story is filling in. You know, it's like collecting all the edge pieces of a puzzle before you start filling up the puzzle . Let's see, um, it is after Carmen, who suggest they exchange phone numbers and go book shopping. I guess I don't know. Ah, that joy reveals that she has come toothy. We decided to cafe and not a bakery and not a restaurants. Cafe Cafe thinks Cafe. Maybe it shouldn't be a cafe. Thanks are fancy coffee drinks everywhere. Could be a bookstore. Who? No, no, too much too much books. Too much books will say it's happy. The joy reveals that she has come to the cafe to see Natalie. Joy continues for feeling that she and Natalie have been dating for months. Um, yeah, I could bring Natalie outside right now, but I don't think I will. Who will have two minutes left after? After a few questions about timing and links of consider dating, Joy says if it can't be me, then. I'm glad it's you. Carmen stops joy from leaving, and they share share a moment. Delight in knowing each other heartbreak over a woman they have in common. No, No. 21st thing. It's Carmen. Enjoy. Hold hands like old friends. My old friends in a voice interrupts. I would just say moments. Four seconds. Hey, ladies. Uh, okay, so that's 10 minutes. And that ends on a very cheesy and stupid note. I'm deleting the Hey, ladies, that's just dumb. Okay, so we have the sales description up here and my to summaries. So the spill spill number one, um, contains my most basic spill ever. I recommend you dio the beginning middle and end the three. Not even real sentences outline that always helps. And then you can just start telling yourself a story. As you can see most of story writing of any kind, it's just, um, plucking words out of out of the air, putting them on paper. And if they don't work, you can delete them. It's OK. It's just a story. So, um, we're done with spill number one. Let's move on to the next phase of step three, which is spill number two and we'll go from there. Yeah, 15. 15 Spill Two: moving on to the last section of the summarizing steps. So this is spill number two, and this is basically the same thing. A step one. We're going to summarize the story again. But now that we've had a chance to play around with various endings, various middles, various beginnings, we should have a general idea of how we want to write this story now. So in this spill, we're going to write this story as if we're telling the story to a friend. I do find that doing this out loud is very helpful. So if you're struggling to write it down, record yourself telling this story, either using photo booth on your Mac. If you have a Mac or using an audio recorder of some sort or making a video on your phone, tell the story allowed a couple of times and get used to it. But if you know, if you don't want to do that, you can immediately go straight to the composition phase and write it down. Also, totally find different ways of doing this is really okay. We're going to set a 10 minute timer again, but really quickly let me go back to this, um, using different mediums to collect her story. I'm putting a 10 minute timer on this and I'm gonna do this on screen. But after I do this, I'm going to encourage you to walk away from your screen, walk away from your composition because that's exactly what I'm going to Dio. And I'm also going to tell the story out loud a few times. And I'm gonna come back to this after about 24 hours of rest away from this story. You don't have to do that, but I encourage it if you can get up, go for a walk in the woods. Go kayaking, go running. Do something else. Clean your house. Do something else. Come back to this tomorrow. Let it rest. One of the best pieces of advice that I ever gotten from a writing teacher was toe Let my peace rest for 48 hours, if you can. I don't really make it 48 hours. My instructor didn't make it 48 hours either. She said that 8 to 24 hours was her best, and I live. I live in the 8 to 24 hours as well because I'm a person that likes to check things off my list. So we're going to set a timer and we're going to write this step down as if we're sitting an email to a friend talking about the story we're going to write, and then we're gonna walk away from it for a little while. And during that time, you can tell that story again. But tell it in different ways to tell it out loud. Tell it to a person. Tell it to yourself on the phone or on camera or whatever, just to start to caramelize the details in the story. Okay, so let's set a timer and do this thing. 16. 16 Spill Two in Action: spill Number two. Let's get started immediately. I've set the timer and I'm starting the timer now. 10 minutes on the clock and I'm going to write the summary as if I'm telling a friend of mine what story is about. So this story is about a girl named Carmen. She's in her late twenties and late twenties. It hasn't had very much luck dating. Everyone she's ever dated has always let her down in some way. I'm going Teoh. Too bad, very quickly. Um, so I was down in some way. So when she Natalie when she met Natalie when she met Lavely, that's a cafe, she waas skeptical. But after about two weeks of seeing Natalie almost every day and of Natalie asking her out , she finally said yes. Their first date was amazing. Natalie cooked her dinner. That's nice. Natalie cooked her dinner and they played Scrabble. Why not? They played Scrabble on the porch until midnight. That sounds remains in business. Um, needless to say, a second date wasn't no brainer. Parts one spell, no brainer like that. I've never said that out loud, nor have I written it. That's interesting. Okay, little water for the vocal chords. Okay, Uh, it's a no brainer. Carmen wanted to return the favor and cook for Natalie this time, right for Natalie this time. Mm. Carmen volunteered to pick Natalie from work. She arrived about 15 minutes too early. Again, I'm getting kind of detailed with some of the stuff in with the other stuff of being very vague. And it's because again, no one will ever see this except to you. And you're just telling this story is if you were telling it to a friend, which is a person that knows how your brain works. So this is how we talk to someone who knows how my brain works for two minutes too early. Uh, she took a seat outside a window so she could watch Natalie at work. She loved watching Natalie work. A woman around her age came over and asked for a light. You know, that's wrong. A woman came over and asked if she could join Carmen as there were no other tables available. Carmen said, of course, because she was going to be leaving in a few minutes anyway, in the stranger could just keep the table easy peasy, lemon squeezy. This thing I'm doing right now where I'm going back and everything. Don't do that. In fact, I'm gonna stop. Stop editing car, man. Cartman. Is it Carmen? Who knows? Carmen. Carmen Don't know. Don't care. Um uh, Stranger introduced herself as joy. Enjoy that cigarette and asked Carmen if she was in love. If she knew the girl she was staring at Oh, that's good. Starring staring, staring at, um, Carmen Old joy about about their date and that they were going on the 2nd 1 that night. So we've got three minutes left. Um, with our 10 minute timer here and we've written, I have written 220 words. That's not bad. I could have spoken this entire story. Um, this entire spill, I could have spoken this allowed and probably had about 1000 words by now. Um, so if you prefer a dictation, but certainly it's certainly good a good tool to have in your arsenal. Um, I don't Normally I dictate rough drafts and stuff, but when I do the writing, writing, I don't do that. Um, we've got two minutes and 30 seconds in. I'm not gonna be able to finish this sort this summary in two minutes and 30 seconds. But I'm gonna keep going, and then I will probably set another 10 minute timer just to get this this summary finished . And then I'm gonna let the let the summaries sit for a little bit before we move onto the next phase. Um, let's see Joy not of her head. I listened. How does it come up? That joy is dating Natalie. Did I mention that up here anywhere? Yeah, that's what That's what I said. I'm going to actually want to copy this. I'm gonna pay. Sit down here about a minute and 30 seconds left. If I copy and paste this in and elaborate some that should working on. Where did I put all that in? Listen, are you, uh let's delete that. Listen, eso joy opens up a lot of questioning akin to interrogation. Carmen is too in love. UCL strange. The questioning is the two women bond over their love of reading and the bond strengthened when they realize they're carrying around the same book with Okay, I'm going to do it. Um, writers are not I think writers are inherently selfish, so I'm going to throw a selfish thing in here. Um, the two women bond over their love of reading on the bond is strengthened when they realize they're caring. Running this reading the same book. That book, ladies and gentlemen, is going to be the book of strange new things by the shell favor by the by. If you've read that book, please let me know somehow simi a message on the platform because every book every person have given that book to has hated it, and it is one of my favorites. It's after Carmen suggest a strange phone numbers and the go book shopping the joint. Yes. Perfect. Okay. And that's time. That's time. So I feel pretty good about this. Um, I do need to go in and flesh this part out, so I'm going to italicize this part so that I know where I left off and that I need to flush this part out. But I feel really good about it, and that's our second spill. So now that you've seen how this is done, please make sure that you go through and take the steps and do these things that some it's important. If there are no words on the page. There's no story. That's the way this So, as I suggested previously, I'm going to save this and I'm going toe walk away. And I'm going to do other things that the rest of my day and I will come back tomorrow, and I suggest you take a full 24 hours if you can. If you if you can't stand it, just at least take a couple of hours away and then come back and we will move on to the next step. 17. 17 Mapping: we're now on step for, which is the mapping step of our short story journey here and in this section, we have to get our characters from point A to point B from the beginning of the story to the end of the story. To do that, they're going to need a little direction, so we have to figure out what those directions are. In order to do that, we need to open up a new page. Open up a new document, whatever it is you're using, and you're gonna right the opening and closing of your story at the top. It doesn't have to be beautiful. One sentence. It's fine. A couple of words. It's fine whatever it takes just to illustrate the beginning of the end of the story at the top of the page for you, so that you have some guidance. And then beneath that you're going to list. All of the way is that your characters can get there, so every little scene that you write down should some how move the story forward, whether that's getting your characters to literally move from one table to another or just kind of pushing the story along maybe a question. It is suggestive of what? The ending of what the conclusion will be. Anything that could move the story forward, you're going to write it down. Doesn't matter what order it's in. And if you're not sure something moves the story forward, don't worry about it. Write it down anyway. You can eliminate it later. We are going to set a 20 minute timer this time. So a note here about the timer whenever I do any kind of writing, that's long form. When I'm not writing Children's books, I use a 20 minute on and 10 minute off rule, and I will dio four sets of this and then I will take a whole hour off. Um, that's because I'm a pretty active person and being in front of a computer for a long period of time while I enjoy it, it starts to make me a little nuts. So, um, my advice to you is to take 20 minutes on 10 minutes off, do that four times and then after that, take a longer break because your brains probably done at that point. So all that's left now is for us to go, go, go So in the next video, you will watch me go through everything. This section is going to take at least 20 minutes. So if you don't want to watch every little thing I do in the next video, don't worry about it. You certainly don't have to. But I really want to show you exactly what it takes in real time for me to do this. So I am going to put it at least 1 20 minute video in here so that you can see as much as possible so that you can hear my brain working as much as possible because the more you know, the easier this will be. And if you can see it's achievable, Um, then you are more likely to take the steps to actually achieve this writing goal. So, yeah, this is gonna be a doozy. 18. 18 Mapping in Action: Okay, folks, let's get down to some mapping. So a couple of things before we carry on this video will be about 20 of 20 to 25 minutes long. Um, so if you don't want to watch the whole thing, I totally understand. But I wouldn't give you the opportunity to see this in real time. Um, also, I have a cup of coffee and I have a glass of water by me, so there will be slurping slurping sounds Additionally, my giant dog, she's an Alaskan malamute. Husky mix has decided to tap dance around the room. So if you hear dog noises in the back, that's my dog. Okay, so we start out with fresh screen and what I did was I came over to my notes on spell one, and I copied the beginning and end, and I just pasted it to the top and also going to turn on the numbers because I enjoy the numbers and I'm gonna start my 20 minute timer now. So we know that the story, the story that I'm ready starts with Carmen, arrives for a date and we're gonna say Carmen is early. I'm gonna go ahead and type here. The ending? No, I really Natalie. Um, because we decided that Natalie is the name of the person that Carmen is dating, uh, with both women looking up at her. So, um, let's put a little map up here. I will say that Carmen main character, I suppose, um and then we have Natalie, who is the love interest. And even though I'm going to write joy as a nice person, uh, she is She is our villain because she I always spell villain. She is our, um What sort of looking for antagonised? Um, even though I intend to make her a somewhat redeemable character. Um, so now I just need to fill in the space between, so let's start filling in some space, so I'm going to write every little action. I find it's helpful. Especially when I first sit down to do some mapping to imagine that I'm writing the story as a recipe. A recipe street directions, you know, it all works. Um, so let's see. Carmen rents for date. Natalie is still working. So Carmen takes a table by a window to watch Natalie work because she's in love. Ranger approaches and asks to sit with Carmen until a table opens up. Fantastic. So where is it? Carmen says Yes, Because she's so nice. Carmen says yes. Now I'm gonna take a moment, um, and put a couple of notes up here about carbon, I imagine Carmen to have, um, shoulder length hair. Yeah, shoulder length, hair brown. Her hair is brown. I imagine her to be tan, Um maybe, uh, fit, tanned and fit. Um, generally pretty. We're gonna say generally pretty or conventionally pretty. Um, Natalie, it's gonna be a little I was gonna write punk rock, but I don't want her to be like she needs to be a little edgy. Um, I'll leave it at that, because the way Natalie looks matters less than how joy looks. Because I want joy in Carmen to be opposite one another in a lot of ways. So I imagine Joy has short, spiky blonde hair. That's good. Um, she smokes. We know she smokes not the healthiest, And we know she's not the healthiest cause she smokes. Um, maybe lots of eyeliner. Yeah. I don't want how I was about to write bad skin, but what is bad skin? All skin is good if it does his job, so we'll leave it at that. So let's see. Carmen says yes. Um, the stranger lights a cigarette, stranger Jordan's and lights. Wonderful. So we know, Um, eventually, Joy is going to reveal that she to is dating Natalie. And we also know that before we learn about that, um, they they're girls, they're in their twenties. The girls are going to, um, feels the girls are going Teoh, they're going to bond over books they are carrying and reading the same book. That's good, cause that, um, that's an invitation for friendship. As far as I'm concerned, you know, you have a common interest And to take it a step further, not on Lee. Do you both love books and love reading? But you just so happen to have the same taste in books. You're reading the same book right now so that that means that these two women could, um even even if it's only for a brief moment, could be friends. Right? So we know we want that to happen, for sure. Um, but how did I get started talking about books? I I like. Excuse me. Um, so let's say that joy starts asking questions, right? So, um, do you know her? That Marissa behind the counter and Carmen? Well, say, what would Carmen say? Just the kind of she's coy. Um, no. Looks like more than kind of from here. That's good. Kind of pushing a little bit. And then Carmen can say, um, getting to know each other. We went out. That's too much information. Oh, let's see. So, um, really quickly before I get back to this here, um, so we know that, um rather Sorry, my brain stopped working for a second because I was reading. You'll notice that I started writing short clip E sentences and then I dove right into dialogue. You may not do this, Um, but most of the time, when it comes to writing stories for me, I start by mapping out where my characters are going to go, and I get them together. In the moment I get a couple of characters together. Dialogue just comes. So instead of physical action, they start to put in dialogue. And I have to add in things like details about their movements, details, weather setting the surroundings and all of that later. Um so I'll flip back and forth between dialogue and short clip E sentences as we go along. That doesn't mean you have to just how it works for me. Um, you can imagine Joy nodding her head here. Um, I won't. Carmen Teoh offer. Wait, Hang on. Um, hang on. Now, let's see Joy. You know, Carmen kind of looks like with, um I want that joy needs to say her name at some point. So maybe maybe Joy says thanks. I'm joy, by the way. Carmen, Nice to meet you. So I who want to fully recognise all the bad writing that's going on right now in all of the Tropea try T stuff that's happening normally no one will see this. I've said that almost every time you've seen my screen. Um, mostly because I want you to give yourself permission. And if you can't give yourself permission, I'm giving you permission to stink up the joint with your writing, especially in the first draft. Just stink it up, right? The tropes, right. The ridiculous. Because the purpose of drafting is too Eventually make the story look like you intended it to be a masterpiece the entire time You never have to tell anybody that you stunk up the joint. The first couple of drafts. That's fine. Uh, OK, there we go. In there, talking now. Um, I wrote Carbon to offer. Um, I was going to write. Didn't pardon me. I was wondering that Carmen offers the table to joy when she's done with it. Because she and Natalie are gonna leave together. I don't know where I want to put that in. Let's just put it here and moving around later. Um, you're welcome to have my table. I want she's off. Big plans. So cheesy. So cheesy. Not really. Okay, that's nice. That's good. That's good. That's not too much. So we have them talking. That's nice. We need to humanize joy a little bit more. I like the idea of joy having a kid. Maybe, Um, because if she has a kid and we know that Natalie knows that kid, then that implies that Joy and Natalie have been dating for a while long enough for her to be comfortable. Um, comfortable enough to introduce her child. So that might be something if I feel like in later drafts a zwei get to writing If I feel like I can't connect to joy or that other people who just came into this couldn't connect joy, then I might do something like that. Um, something something needs to happen to make Carmen say we don't have to talk I can or something. She needs to be applied about it. You don't have to make conversation. I have a book. Davis Charity has a book out. I don't know, but this connects this to this so quickly. This could be a super duper short story. Um, maybe only a couple of pages, but I want to ADM. Or want to add more for sure. So, uh, let's kind of like the idea of joy being a little aloof at that comment. What if she just nods and nods and which looks down the table? Nods checks her phone. Now it's not Bring phones into this. Um oh, and then they can. That's it. That's it. Um, so this is good. Um, they talk about books and books is not the last thing they talk about. Four. Joy reveals perfect second bond over books. The innocent reading the same book. They could discuss the book a little bit and kind of get tangled into it. Um, books needs to lead to something else. I don't know what yet. I do not know. Okay, so we've got four minutes and 40 seconds left on our timer, and this is what I've done so far. I'm feeling pretty good about it. Um, it's a decent map. I still I still feel, um that there's more to put in this spot here. I feel like I could fit something in this gap. I'm going to read over it again, see if anything pops up. So Carmen arrived for the day. Natalie is working, and Carmen takes a table by the window to watch. Not only work, stranger, a stranger approaches and asked to sit with Carmen until the table opens up. Karmazin's? Yes. A stranger joins like the cigarette. Joy. Thanks for that, But thanks. I'm joined, by the way. Carmen. Carmen. Nice street year. Um, joy. Do you know her? That Maurice front counter. Carmen Kind of joy. Looks like more than kind of We're getting to know each other. Uh, joint nods. It's probably killing her inside. Poor thing. Uh, Carmen, uh, you're welcome to have my table I won't need it when she gets off work. But plans not really into condemnatory nuts. Again. Again. Probably heart broken. Um, you don't have to make conversation. And I have a book industry, but, um, and then the girls bond over the book. They happen to be carrying the same book. Hey, um, something, Something. Something. And then joy reveals that she, too is stating Natalie. Oh, and I want, um I want joy to say something nice in life. It can't may. Glad it's There we go. I want her to say something nice like that. That is a very heavy, heavy sentence. But I'd like to think that if the two women, if Joy and Carmen have said at the table and they bonded a little bit and they're carrying around the same book and they've shared some details that maybe they feel connected to each other, I have to make that connection real. That's my job. And, uh, let's see. So maybe they, um Maybe Carmen notices. Uh, Natalie has left the counter, which would imply that she's about to get off work. Um, I can't with counter and asks for Joy's phone number for so can meet for coffee again. Been talk books. Wow. What a run on sentence, folks. What a classic run on sentence. Okay, cool. Um and that's when Joy reveals the thing. Um, cool. We've got one minute and 13 seconds left on the timer, but I think I'm done. This might be it. Um, there might be more. You never know. So what I'm going to do now is take a 10 minute break and step away from it, and I might come back and do one more 20 minute pass just to see if I can get any more details. Um, I will not film that part, because now that you've seen how it works, I think you're good to go. And then I will come back for our next step. So, um, yeah, I have 40 seconds left on the clock. I'm just gonna go ahead and cancel out of this now. And I hope you have just as good if not better luck than I had with my mapping section. Yeah, my nothing session. Oh, right. I'll see you in the next 19. 19 Drafting: Step five is drafting. So now we're into the writing part. So we're going to do the writing in this part. And to do this, we're going to use this time formula here. 20 minutes on, plus 10 minutes off times, for that means for 20 minutes we'll write our hearts out for 10 minutes, will rest, but it will be active. Rest. So we need to get up and do something. And we will repeat this for as many as four times. And then after that, we will take a break inactive break for anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. And during that time, we can walk our dogs. If you have a dog exercise breath, cook clean, do something away from our projects. We have to all agree to do this together. We're we're each other support system here. So I will repeat this until the story is written, Period. Um, so a couple of notes here, if you only have 20 minutes to sit down and write your story, that's awesome. Um, I came up with this 20 minutes on 10 minutes off times four thing because I had a lot of time for a few days in a row, toe work on a thing. And I found that if I sat for longer than two hours, um, I got sore, so I made myself get up every 20 minutes. And then I cut myself off after two hours and made myself workout. So this works for me. Give it a shot. I find a lot of freedom in structure. So when I have this time limit structure upon me, it makes me more efficient and more effective. Hopefully, you'll find it's the same for you, but feel free to toy around with the times. Some people like to 25 minutes on in five minutes off because they don't want a full 10 minutes away from their project. That's not me. But do do what works for you. But do try this at least once to see how it feels. If you're not sure, tried a second time and see what happens. So before we get into the drafting, if you're curious what to write and how to approach your draft, this is how we're going to do it. Um, we're all gonna get our maps out, and we're just gonna fill in our map a little bit more, and we do this by adding details to each line. That's literally all there is to it. So when you go back to your map, the first line is your opening at a couple of details to it in the form of sentences. And then after you've added one or two sentences, go down to the next line and you're in your next line of your story. Next line of your map had a couple of sentences. If you can just one sentence, if possible and you just keep going down the map and paragraphs will start to form. Scenes will start to form. The structure will start to bloom right in front of you and just keep filling it in as long as you can. In my last video, I showed you how I do my map in a numbered sequence. When I start doing the drafting part, I have the numbered sequence sitting off to the left so that I can look at it and then I type on a whole other page. So that's how I will be doing the drafting sequence, and I will show you 1 20 minute writing session of my drafting just again so you can see how it's done and so you can hear what's going on in my brain as it goes. And then, after I have finished the story, start to finish, I'll tell you how many of these sessions it took for me to complete the story and we'll reconvene in the next section, so if that sounds good to you, let's go ahead and get started. 20. 20 Drafting in Action: Okay, let's get some drafting done. It has just started snowing as I pressed record on this and my heat kicked on. So that's why Pearson, a nice white noise behind me, and I still have my jar of water here, so there will be sitting. Okay, I am going to set a timer for 20 minutes. And who knows if this is going to take me 1 20 minute session four or many more. So let's just do this one together and see how it goes. So I'm setting my timer now for 20 minutes and I've started the timer. Okay. All we're doing is filling in lines. No big deal. No big deal. Carmen drives. I want to say that in a totally different way. So I'm gonna leave that line there just so I can call from it on. Say something like Carmen knew she was early, but she didn't care. She was excited. She have been this excited about dating someone in a while. And again, this is technically second draft territory, but said the writing is not gonna be great. That's okay. It's Natalie. Still working, Not the least as she approached as she approached the cafe porch. She could see Natalie through the glass. Natalie Waas smiling and mixing fancy coffee drinks for an older gentleman. Waas also smiling. Natalie had that kind of act on people. Is a defector a factor? Effect. I can never remember up to check it later. Uh, so we can believe this one. Okay, that kind of effect on people. Friendly handed, gentlemen? Yeah, with German. His gentlemen fall did the gentleman, uh, has changed and noticed Carmen and noticed Carmen standing outside. She winked at her and held up her finger to indicate she needed just a little more time inside. Herman blushed and nodded. She spotted a small table for two in front of the picture window. She took out her her book, crossed her legs. He started to read. No, just to be looking. The windows can't do that. Uh, I'm still writing the stuff in between line to in line three for those of you at home watching, and this is really you know, this is really cheesy writing, and it's supposed to be You're just getting the stuff out. You can turn it into a really good writing later. It's okay to write crap and I say that in every single video, mostly mostly because I know I'm better than the words that are on the screen, and normally people don't see it. And I am a little uncomfortable doing this, but only only a little as a person who has taught people how to do things requiring compromising positions when you teach yoga. People are looking at your body all the time, and I'm sure some people scrutinized. But most people don't. They just want to learn how to do the poses you're doing. So this is This is similar. Similar people are just looking and hoping to find a way that they can write their story. And as long as I could remember that, I'll be fine. I promised you you'd get every insight that I could give you from my brain, and that's what I'm thinking about right now. So there it is. So I'm still in between lines two and three, and I have 14 minutes left on the clock. Carmen blushed and nodded. Um, she spotted, not stopped, spotted a small table for two in front of the picture window. The window did I say the window gave her the perfect view of Natalie behind the counter. I want to say that I want to say it differently, but that's what I'm gonna say. You could see Natalie clearly, from where she is now, I'm gonna move to line three here. A stranger approaches and ask to sit with Carmen. Um, well, actually, I need her to get lost in Natalie a little bit first before I add that in there. No, night. Natalie was not her usual tight in the past. Carmen. Whose car? Mingo. Where she goes for academics. Right in the past, Carmen dated in a problem in the past. Carmen sought out the company of other academics. Her last girlfriend was her. I was gonna say lab partner. Are they in high school or college? You have lab partners in college? I know, but still. Okay, let's, um Let's see. In the past, Carmen sought out the company of other academics. Sadly, these relationships Ah, do. We don't like any of that. I will change this later. I'm sure. Uh, she waas groups. Let me tell you what's really hard for me about all this is that I am the voice in my head telling the story doesn't sound like my voice. So when I hear myself talking about the, it's talking about the storm like, that's not what the narrator sounds like. Um, let's see. Super duper do. She was watching Natalie through the glass, admiring how comfortable she was talking with strangers. She greeted every customer as if she had known them four years. It was that warmth that initially true, Carmen to her. I need to war in Syria. Warmth is it's okay. I had to get that out before us. Anything else? OK, so, um, uh, it was the warmth that initially drew Carmen to her warmth was the thing missing from her previous relationships. They were all sterile laboratories. Natalie was a cozy living room. I was going to write fuzzy pair of socks. I cannot tell a lie, said they're resting her, kissing her cheek on her hand for the soft smile. No wondering what it might be like to be with Natalie to be her person. What they get married, uh, married is a little much to be her person. She imagined waking up early to go to Farmers Market for milk. This when she allowed herself she imagined kissing Natalee. I wondered what it might be like to, uh What's that? Go there. Once you allowed herself. She imagined kissing Natalee. She thought it might taste of vanilla honey. She had Oh, this is funny. She had no toe. One knee, uh, knelt means to be on when he doesn't. I can't say that she had taking a knee and held a small black box in her hands when suddenly suddenly doesn't need a there. You suddenly Is this taken? Okay, cool. That's how joy comes in. So that takes me to step three. So I've written added I've added padding tow lines 12 and and I'm just now starting on three. And I have 23 lines of this to go. So we've got six minutes left on the timer. I'm going to keep going. I'm going to write some more of, um I'm gonna add some padding to line number three here, and then I will I will probably be done for the session. So let's find out. Let's find out how this goes. Is this seat taken? Feminine feminism and then Oh, my goodness. Them men, then. Wow. Sometimes the brain just doesn't want to work. Imagine Carmen being shook, Um, by someone saying, Is this seat taken? You know, she was daydreaming in her mind. She was inches away from proposing to Natalie in her head. And then is this seat taken? Go ahead. No. Herman shook the daydream from her mind. No, that's all. A tall, lanky tell monkey woman. - Yeah . A tall, lanky woman pulled out the rusty lawn chair and sat. She tapped the tip oven. Unlit cigarettes. That doesn't look like the re spelling of cigarettes, but it's not underlined on the table before popping it into her mouth and lighting up. Uh, so we're building joy now? Now we're building the character a little bit more, so we know Joyce Long. We know she's linking. Um, no, she's a smoker. We knew that the whole time. I don't see. Tipped the chair back on to its rear legs. Wishing the lighter back into her front pocket. Not back pushing letter into her front pocket. The light reflected, uh, her chipped silver. Now polish, not one word. Two words. Oh, the, uh the light reflective. Um, sorry. I need that. They're okay. What else? Okay, so we've gotten. We've gotten here. We've gone from three and four. That's great. We've done five. She lets cigarette. And now Joy has said thank you. Not yet. Thanks. Said stranger. - Yeah . Okay. She tipped the chair back onto its very legs, pushing the lighter. The timer just went off. Well, that's good. I kind of got his own therefore minutes. So I've added some dialogue, and I certainly need some help or text around this, but, um, in 20 minutes I worked my way from, uh, one on my list to six. Not bad. Um, six out of 23. Not bad at all. So in about four more sessions, I should, um I should be finished with the short story. So now I'm going to do as I say, which is to take a 10 minute break. And it's actually late in the evening as I record this. And I do not write well in the evening, so I think I'm gonna call it for the day and I will come back tomorrow and work on this early in the morning with fresh eyes and fresh brain. So good luck to you. Maybe you made it all the way through your story in only 20 minutes. And if you did, that's crazy. Cool. And tell me how you did that. But until next time, uh, happy writing and in our next slide will be going over the final steps. So make sure that you finish your story before you come back to the next step. Actually, um, scratch that. Scratch that. I have one more thing to tell you. So if you just did this right along with become to the next slide really quickly, have something to tell you. 21. 21 Drafting Continued: okay if you watch that video, you know, I said the next step is step six and that we're going to move right into that. And then I said, No, there's more to step five. It was because I got really excited and I was getting ahead of myself. So here's what's left of what you should know about drafting. Um, I have a five draft system for things that are longer than a Children's book. So my five draft system is this. Don't get nervous. I'm not gonna make you write your entire story five times. Um, draft one is the map. So your first draft is actually done. You've done your map already. So the second draft is what we just did. It's our first pass at our map baking our map a little bit longer and more story like you've probably completed this already. If you did just watch my video, you'll notice I didn't make it all the way through my map. But as soon as I make it all the way through my map to the bottom, filling in details from the beginning of the story to the end of this story, then I'll be done with my second draft, and it doesn't have to be perfect. Of course, the third draft is just kind of a once over of your second draft. You're going to read it through, not for grammar errors and not for spelling errors, though. If you want to correct this and you go, you certainly may I do that often. I like to do my editing while I'm writing. A lot of people are against that, but I'm all for it, which, whatever is more comfortable for you, it's fine. But when what you're doing with your third draft is, you're gonna read a paragraph, see if you like it. See, if you think anything's missing, you're gonna add stuff to it, take stuff away, and then you're gonna read the next paragraph all the way through it. Sometimes you want to read the story, start to finish and then go into the details. That's fine. However, you want to do this fine. Just know that your third draft is for adding and removing things. Your fourth draft is going to be the same thing as your third draft just with this new draft content. So with your fourth draft you're going to do it again, You're gonna read over your story. Add details, take details away move paragraphs from the top to the bottom. Maybe. Who knows? Change names if you want to. That kind of thing. And this is a five draft system, right? So we've talked about drafts one through four. The fifth draft is actually the sixth step. Once you've gone through and you've done your 1st 2nd and third drafts, you can come back to this class and do steps. Six. So just like I did in the last video, I'm only going to show you 1 20 minute session for the second draft. And then excuse me for I let me get my words right. I'm only going to show you 1 10 minute session of my third draft and 1 10 minute session of my fourth draft just to keep it kind of short and to move you through the process a little bit faster. So if you're ready to watch those, they'll be the next videos. If you want to skip those videos and move on to step six whenever you're ready, you certainly may. But if you want to keep going and saying that behind the curtains kind of stuff, the next to videos will be that for you 22. 22 Drafting Continued: Okay, everyone, I am back. I did three more 20 minute writing sessions after that. 1st 1 that I filmed, and I'm now finished with my second draft. My second draft ended up being 1671 words. Not bad for a first draft. So in the next video, you'll see me go through the beginning of my third draft stage. That's where I read the entire draft, and I just see if anything needs to be added or taken away. Sometimes I beef up my second my second draft in this third draft section that is normally when this story starts to gain a little weight. Um, at least in my experience, that's what happens. Many people write really long first drafts of things, and then they trim away. I'm the opposite. I tried to do a bare bones skeleton that I put on a little muscle, and then I start adding in the fat as I go along. So in the next video, you will see me take 20 minutes to do my third draft. Hopefully, 20 minutes will be enough, but if it isn't, then I'll do several sessions, just like I did before and come back to you for my fourth draft. So if you're ready, let's move on to the next. 23. 23 Drafting Continued: Okay, everyone, now is the time to move on to the third draft, and this is my 1st 3rd draft sessions. If you'll recall, the third draft is the time for us to read over everything we did with our second draft and ad material or take away material on depending on your writing style. You'll do a lot of one or the other. I'm going to go ahead and set a timer. I was initially going to do this for 20 minutes, but I think after 10 minutes you'll get the general idea. So I've just started my 10 minute timer. Excuse me? Uh, just just as in other videos, I have a cup of coffee and a glass of water here so you might hear some slurping. And also, my dog has decided to tap dance, so we'll be hearing her as well. So the first thing I'm going to do is read over my entire story. Yes, but I'm not going to read it out loud and take notes or anything like that. I'm just going to read and make adjustments as I go. I don't know if this is the right way to spoke, Carmen. So That's the first thing I need to try to comment on. Is this spelling correct? Let's see what else? Carmen knew she was early, but she didn't care. She was excited. She hadn't been this excited about dating someone in a while so I could take this sentence away. When I do my second and third drafts, I'm really writing the book for me, and I take out things that bother me in particular. And then as we move into the fourth draft, I'll start thinking about the people who are going to read this and make some changes based on that, Uh, Carmen knew she was early, but you didn't care. She hadn't been this excited about dating someone in a while. I might. This might actually get a whole new, um, holy spend in the fourth draft. I'm not sure. As she approached the cafe porch, she could see Natalie through the glass window, not glass. Natalie was smiling and mixing fancy coffee drinks that should be a common their fancy Kaba coffee drinks for an older gentleman who was also smiling. Let's see. Natalie was smiling and Mexican level black people. Natalie was smiling and mixing, smiling I'm going to change this to? Because it doesn't read well allowed. Natalie was smiling and making polite conversation. She made a fancy coffee drink for older gentleman. Other side. To counter that sounds, that reads much better. Natalie was smiling and making polite conversation as she made a fancy coffee drinks for the older gentleman on the other side of the counter. Natalie had that kind of effect on people. We can remove this all together. The gentleman has changed and noticed Carmen standing outside. Excuse me. I'm sorry about that. Oh, I don't like how this paragraph reads at all. If I'm being perfectly honest, Natalie handed the gentleman has changed and noticed Carmen saving outside. She winked at her and held up her finger to indicate she needed just She needed just a little more time inside. Um, there's a whole other way toe handle that right? So Natalie is working with the guy behind the counter. Um, as family slid the coffee to the man, she it's over her shoulder. Met Karremans eyes through the window. She held up her finger and mouthed, Let's see, she held up her hands. But that's better. She held up her hands and mouthed. I was gonna say 10 more minutes, but I don't think this covers 10 minutes. It might cover 10 minutes. We'll say it does pretend she held up her hands and mouthed floor. It's Carmen Blush for no reason. Kerman gave. Let's it gave her a nod and a thumbs up Humps sums up one thumbs up. I don't know. We'll have to explore how this have never written thumbs up before, Um, rhythms up. She spotted a small table. I could do that. She spotted a small table for two. Smart is a little bit about. She spotted a small table for two in front of the picture window. The window gave her the perfect view of Natalie behind the counter. I think this is obvious that she can see Natalie behind the counter through the window. So it's my job here is to fix that, Um, so if I'm reading it, Carmen nodded. Common. Carmen gave her a nod and a thumbs up. I spotted a small table. Let's do this just smart. Ah, she's already at the window. Just part of this. She didn't spot it. There was a small table. How about she, she said. Her bag your center bag from the table. A pack on the small table in front of the window wrapped her jacket around the back. The what color is it? Let's go. It's pale green. Pale green plastic well in chair. There's, um there's a cafe in Nashville that I love so much, and I spent many years at this cafe. They're actually two or three cafes that I spent a lot of time. And when I was between the ages of 15 and 30 and um, at the time they mostly had plastic lawn chairs on their porches. This was every cafe in Nashville, just at one point or another had plastic lawn chairs. And so whenever I think about going to a cafe, even now, the cafes now around here in 2019 as to record this are really fancy, and they have these nice iron chairs and things in the outside. But every now and then, I think I'd really like it cheap old plastic lawn chair that I might be too heavy to sit in now. Uh, so it should be pale plastic pil green plastic, she said. Her bag on the small table in front of the window and wrapped her jacket around the back of the pelvis. Lawn chair, um, their free will. I want to write something about her having options to do things other than staring Natalie through the window. I don't want to bring up the book that's in her bag yet, though, Um uh, let's see. So what do I say? She said, her bag on the small table in front of the window. Let's do this, she said, her bag on a nearby table and wrapped her jacket around the back of a pail of the pale green lawn chair to proceed. And I want to use the word fiddled and fiddled with the edges. Have a free periodical that had been left there have been left behind behind previous patrons. OK, so that's our 10 minute timer. So normally I set a 20 minute timer for these things, but like I said, I think after 10 minutes you get a good idea. So in pages you have the option to do things like highlight, emit comments like I did with Carmen's name up here, Um, so if you're working in a program where you can do things like that. That's that's helpful, especially as you start adding and taking away details. But I hope that you, um, got something out of this. I really dio I think this is as far behind the curtain as you can get. Um, right now, with the current technology we have eventually, someday, maybe we'll have a machine that you can sit on the head of a writer as they're creating something and you can get even more detail. But, um, yeah, you just read through. You just read through your document. You re through your story and you just make some decisions. Sometimes you make some bold decisions and sometimes ah, you make some less bold decisions. You'll notice. I both added and removed information from this story, and I didn't even get I didn't even get 1/4 of of the way through my document in 20 minutes . So this will probably take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours for me to get through, which takes a really long time. That's a that's a really long time is what I'm sorry. I'm having a hard time with words right now because it's the afternoon my brains broken. Um, that's That's a lot longer than I assumed it would be. But it might be because I'm talking with you as I'm doing that. Normally, when I hit the third draft mark on a short story, it will take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to make it all the way through. So I'm estimating that it will take me anywhere from an hour to. That's a two hours. That's my guest to get through this. So I'm going to turn the screen share off, and I'm going to set another time over 10 minutes to get my full 20 minutes in. And then when I come back, when I come back to you, um, will be ready for fourth draft, Good luck. 24. 24 Drafting Continued: time for our It's time for our fourth of it at it of it. Forth at it, I am going to yet again set another timer, that toggle ing sound. There was actually me toggle ing the heat on my coffee mug. Let's see. So I'm going to set a timer for 10 minutes. No big deal and take you through. Ah, the fourth draft, which is very similar to the third. So it's not gonna be anything exciting. Feel free to skip this if you need to, but I'm going to dive in now. Let's see. We'll start at the top. And, of course, as I as I edit all of this, right, Um, I'm not particularly 100% happy with the story. Um, as I mentioned in a previous video, this story is based on something that happened, but something that happened in her life. But as I've written this, it's not similar at all. So this is this story is a good example of how you could take a real life event and fictionalize it. Um, names were changed, location was changed, the entire conversation was changed. But the situation is the same. Um, that's just a just a side note here. So as I go through for my fourth at it, I'm going to read one paragraph at a time and see if I like how how I've written it. Um, but I have to tell you that when I get to about right here so far, I've I just fall out of love. I fell out of love with story, but let's see if I can fix that. Uh, Carmen knew she was early, but she didn't care. She hadn't been this excited about dating someone in a while. I think there's a better way to say that. Um ah, but above about, I think there's even more detail to add right. So and I want I was about to start a sentence with as that one starts with us. So let's see Carmen. What does Carmen do? She's to park somewhere, right? Or is she walking from somewhere? Let's say she parks that says she's got a car. Let me tell you what's going through my mind right now is I'm testing out the beginnings of sentences. Um, I'm thinking Carmen Parallel parked her car. Carmen parked her car at the corner. Carmen slid her car into a parking space. And then I'm thinking, um, not. And then additionally, I'm thinking, um, it was lucky that there was a parking place in front. Something like that. I wanted to. I want to walk her from her car to the porch, and I want us to acknowledge that she's early. Um, So what about Carmen? Put her car in park and checked the clock on her dash. She was 15 minutes early, 15 minutes early, and now I'm thinking, I'm thinking, say, her eyes darted back and forth between the empty passenger seat and the porch. Um, because I need Teoh. I need to imply, or just straight up, tell the reader that she's trying to decide if she wants to go to the porch or if she wants to stay in the car. She's not sure yet. Um, she was 15 minutes early. She could sit. She could sit in the car, read or she could sit on the porch and enjoy evening air if she if she said on the, uh uh, she didn't want to look. I don't want to seem didn't want to seem too eager. I dated in a while she was sure it had shown already. I don't know how I like that. Carmen put a car in park and checked the clock on her dash. She was 15 minutes early. She could sit in the car and read. Or she could sit on the porch and enjoy the evening here. She didn't want to seem too eager. Chin dated in a while, and she was sure that, and she had sure that had already shown. She decided she had nothing more to, uh, throwing caution to throwing caution to the wind. Uh, she decided she had nothing to lose since she waas certain she had already shown her hand. So here's something funny. Um, when I write silently, my writing is different than when I write out loud. That's why I don't dictate fiction. Um, generally, I do not date dictate fiction, but this super long sentence with a lot of, um, repetitions of the word she This is how I speak. Throwing caution to the wind, she decided she had nothing to lose since she was certain she had already shown her hand. That, to me, is a normal sentence coming out of my mouth. But it may not be normal for the reader. I'm going to leave it in because I think it gets the point across. Um, and then that takes care of the terrible to sentence Inter that I had earlier. And now I have a nice three paragraph intro. Not bad. Um, as she approached the port, she could see Natalie through the window. She was smiling and making polite conversation as she made an involved coffee drink for the older gentleman on the other side counter Again. I'm This story is unlike any other short story I've ever written because it does sound sound like I personally me, Barbara, I'm telling this story to someone. Um very interesting. Oh, I'm sorry. That, um the court of my headphones just got pulled by my overalls. If you're listening to this and you're thinking a writer wearing overalls, I'm gonna tell you. Yes, you need to get some overalls because you know what? Overalls have lots of pockets. You know, you could put in those pockets pins and post its and that's your life right there. Okay, we've got about a minute and 48 seconds to go. I'm going to see if I can get through this whole first page. As Natalie slid the coffee to the man, she glanced over her shoulder and met Carmen's I window. She held up her hands and mouth 10 minutes, 10 more minutes, to say 10 minutes. Yeah, Carmen gave her a nod and a thumbs up. Gave her or not and the thumbs up. She immediately regretted the thumbs up. Not cool at all, she said, her bag on a nearby table and wrapped her jacket around the back of the faded green lawn chair. I feel like there should be commas here. I'm gonna leave it for now and plug it into, um, Graham early in a minute. If you're unfamiliar with Graham, earlier, highly recommended. I'm not affiliated with them, but Graham release excellent proof reading software. Um, she took her seat and fiddled with the edges of a free periodical that had been left behind by previous patrons. Again, this is how I talk. She pretended to read the paper, still in glances of Natalie. All the while, Carmen considered herself a people person, but Natalie could cultivate comfort between herself at another person. Almost instantly, she greeted every customer as if she had known them for years. It was that weren't that initially Drew Carmen to her warmth was the thing missing from all of her previous relationships. I'm going to say not all of her previous relationships. I'm going to change that to her previous relationship. Let's see, oh, times up. Okay, so that's the 1st 10 minute round again. Normally, I would set a time for 20 minutes, but I'm trying to spare you some time. So in the next video, I will talk to you about our fifth draft, which takes us to our final step, which is the finalization step. So I will see you in the next video with a, um yeah, with a slide, and then we'll move on to the to the document. 25. 25 Finalizing: Step six is finalizing. So in Step six, we're going to be implementing the three Readers method, which is the method that I used to do all of the finalizing work on short stories, Children's books. And I'm actually using this for my novels right now as well. So there are three readers. The first reader is you, and you are going to read the story aloud and record yourself reading the story as you read this story. When you trip over clunky wording or when you find some sentences that don't need to be there, you can make these edits as you read. If you make so many edits in this first read aloud and record set recording session, then after you've done all of this the first time, you might want to go back and read it through again and make any little corrections as you go. But you want the recorded version of your story to be pretty clean, because the second reader that you will encounter will also be you and your job during the second part of the through Readers method is to listen to the recording and make sure everything sounds right to you. and again. This is where you kind of clean up the clunky, the clunky sentences. And you see, if you are using the same word too often, that kind of thing. The third reader is the one nobody likes. It's the friend reader. You're going to have a friend read the story allowed to you. The purpose of this is very simple. You want to listen to your friend, read this story, see where they trip over words, so see if anything sounds funny, and when they're finished reading the story, you want to know if this story's made sense right now, you don't care if they like it or not. You're just trying to get this story to be finished. And that means that it's very clear what's going on in the story, and they comprehend everything. So now it's time for us to apply the three reader method. I'll show you little snippets of how I do it. I won't show you the whole thinks. It does take a while, and it means reading the story a few times over and over. Um, but we'll dive in, take a look at how it works, and then we'll move on to the final few steps 26. 26 Finalizing in Action: Okay, so we're onto the three readers portion of my edits. So I'm going Teoh, open the recorder, the voice recorder on my phone and I'm going to record myself for my first reader, And then I will listen back to it for my second reader, and we're going to do this all in one video and in the next video, if I can get, um, a friend on the phone, Uh huh. We can share that as well. So here we go on, go to start the voice recorder. Now I have a cup of coffee and a glass of water so you might hear slurping from time to time. Let's dive in. Carmen, put her car in park and check the clock on her dash. She was 15 minutes early. She could sit in the car and read, or she could sit on the porch and enjoy the evening air. She didn't want to seem too eager. She hadn't dated in a while and was sure that had already shown throwing caution to the wind. She decided she had nothing to lose, since she was certain she had already shown her hand as she approached the port, she could see Natalie through the window. She was smiling and making polite conversation as she had a She may hate and involved coffee drink for the older gentleman on the other side of the counter. As Natalie slid the coffee to the customer, she glanced over her shoulder and met Carmen's eyes. I through the window. She held up her hands and mouths. 10 minutes. Carmen gave her a nod and a thumbs up. She immediately regretted the thumbs up. Not cool. Little, she said, her bag on a nearby table and wrapped her jacket around the back of a faded of the faded. A faded defeated, she said, her bag on a nearby table and wrapped her jacket around the back of the of a faded. I don't like this sentence at all, she said, her bag on a nearby table and wrapped her jacket around the back of We're on the back of a chair. How she took her seat and fiddled with the edges of a free pair of the of a free periodical that had been left behind by a previous patron. She pretended to read the paper, stealing glances of Natalie. All the while, Carmen considers herself a people person. But Natalie could cultivate comfort between herself and another person. Almost instantly, she greeted every customer as if she had known them for years. It was that warmed. That warmth that initially drew Carmen to her warmth was the thing missing from her previous relationship. It was sterile. It was a sterile hospital exam room compared to the cozy living room that was her relationship with Natalie. Carmen eased into the moment, resting her cheek. Carbon eased into the moment. Resting her cheek on her fist, she began to wonder things like what it might be like to be with Natalie to be her person. She imagined them waking up early to go to the farmers market for milk of flowers. She imagined kissing Natalee. She thought it might taste like vanilla and honey. I don't think I'll include that, she imagined kissing Natalee first thing in the morning. That's better. She had taken any and held a small black box in her hands when a chalky, feminine voice and erected her daydream. Is this seat taken? No, Carmen shook the daydream from her mind novel. A tall, lanky woman pulled out the rusty lawn chair across from her and sat. She tapped the filter end of an unlit cigarette on the table before popping it into her mouth and lighting up. She took the child cheese. Asi tipped the chair back onto its rear legs, pushing the lighter into her front pocket. The light reflected off her chipped silver nail polish. Thanks, said the stranger. I just need a place to sit while I wait for a table to open up. No trouble. We'll say No trouble, No trouble. I'm joy. By the way, she extended her hand, which boasted a tattoo on each knuckle Carmen. They smiled and let the awkward silence ping pong between them. For a moment, Carmen looked back through the window to Natalie. A soft, quiet smile brushed across her face. A rush of warm flooded her cheeks. Is Natalie briefly made eye contact with her? Do you know her? That barista behind the counter, joy asked through an X elation of smoke only kind of looks like more than kind of From here , a corner of joys. The corner, the corner of joys mouth turned up. We've seen each other around for a while. She put her phone number on my latte. She what Now? She wrote her phone number on my lot. And honey Wow, that's smooth. Carmen left a Carmen felt coolness from her table mate. Smooth was in practice. Let's go back up here really quickly so that I could change this to so that we know when we see a Tallix that it's Carmen thinking smooth. As in breakfast, she thought it had been a sweet gesture. She shook her head to clear away the chill. Anyway, I thought it was sweet, so I called her the warm and fuzzies. The warm and fuzzies started to rush over her again, and she cooked for me last week. Tonight I'm returning the favor, Joyce sent, nodding the up turned quarter of her mouth stuck in an almost disapproving half grin. I have no idea why. I just told you all of that. You were being polite, and I just went on and on and almost exhausted, laugh escaped joy. I'm happy to listen. They both looked around the patio and porch. All of the tables were still full, with bustling conversationalist, sipping half full lattis and pumping freshly lit cloves. Looks like you're aren't let's do this looks like you aren't going to get a table anytime soon. You're welcome to this one. We won't be here much longer. We won't be much longer. Thanks. Awkward silence returned. Carmen once again reached into her oversized bag, digging around for the book she had been reading. Carmen reached into her oversized bag, digging around for the book she had been reading. Joy reached into her back pocket and pulled out a warrant copy of The Book of Strange New Things, by Michele Faber. Carmen looked at the book and a joy to the book and to Joy again. She then pulled her copy of the Book of Stranger Things from her bag and set, Set It on the table. Joys, eyes darted to the book away. Back to the book again. No way! Carmen laughed and held her cheeks in her hands, joining forward. I've never met anyone else who knew this book. This is my second time reading it. I love it. Me, too. Everyone have given it to hates it seriously. Yeah, they're all broken, Carmen said, collapsing back into her chair. They'd have to be, Joyce said, during the same, Have you read any of his other stuff. No, I love this one so much, you don't want to ruin it. Exactly. Out of the corner of her eye, Carmen saw Natalie walking to the back room, where the employees kept their coats and bags. Joy followed Carmen's gaze. She tapped another cigarette on the table. She must be wrapping up. I should to. It was nice meeting you. You, too. Have a nice evening. I hate before you go. I feel like I need to tell you something. Carmen's jovial demeanor faded as she noticed the seriousness of of choice face seriousness on Joy's face. Okay, I'm here to see Natalie. I came to surprise her. Surprise her very from other town or something or something. Carmen leaned back and crossed her arms, her brow furrowed. She took a deep breath and threw her hands up in the air. Threw her hands up. She okay, her brow furrowed. She took a deep breath and threw her hands up. Wait a minute, let's say instead of threw her hands up and waved her hands and waved her hands. Wait a minute. Why didn't you mention this earlier? When I told you we had plans and what's the or something you're here for? Joy lit the cigarette and took a hard drag. We've been together for two months as of 5 p.m. Today, been together, seeing each other, seeing each other romantically. Look, I don't know what kind of sick fund your getting out of this. But Joy tapped on her phone and made a few swiping motions. She double tapped the screen and turned it toward Carmen. There on the screen was a picture of Natalie, wrapped in a sheet and leaning into the shoulder of joy. This could have been taken months ago. This could have been taking months. Years ago, Joyce silently tapped the menu icon above the image and selected the word details before her eyes appeared. A white screen with a few lines of text indicating file size resolution, location tags and date March 5th 2019. Yesterday, yesterday, her vision, her vision became a bit blurry and hate rushed her cheeks. You took this yesterday. Carmen jerked herself from the chair and wildly rapture scarf around her neck. She fumbled her jacket, trying to find the armholes Is this is She lowered her her voice to a whisper shout. This is some kind of sick joke. You, too, due to get off floor someone in play with their feelings, make them think there on the precipice. Seven new relationship and then embarrass them in a public venue, Joyce said, pushing her chair behind her, People began to turn their heads. People began to turn heads in their direction. No, she whispered. No, I genuinely didn't know you were going to be here. Hell, I didn't even know you existed Until now. Carmen's breathing had become rapid. Why didn't you say something The moment you sat down? I don't know. I wanted to see if you knew why. Because I thought I was the only one. Joy boned. We thought it was the only one, she said softly as she hung her head and took her seat. Carmen shoulders sagged and she sat slumping in the chair, defeated. I feel so stupid, Carmen said, placing her head in her hands. Me, too. I've had two whole months to figure out what kind of person I was dating. Clearly, I'm not clearly I'm not a good I'm not good at reading people. Clearly, I'm not good at reading people. Yeah. People should come with manuals preach. What do we do now? Joy pinched her lips together and put out her cigarette on the bottom of her shoe. Well, I think I'm going to get a cup of coffee and a bear claw. I mean, what are we going to do about this? Well, you seem like a nice person. Hold on. I mean, what are we going to do about this? How do you spell gesticulated? Just stick. Julie did related. I don't know how to spell gesticulated. I want to use that word. I'm committed to that word. Now, for those of you at home. Ah, there, we co cheese. That's better. Kermit just stipulated. Yeah. I mean, what are we going to do about this? Carmen? What are we going to do about this? Carmen gesticulated between the two of them. Well, you seem like a nice person, if you to have a future. That's great. I can't date someone who isn't completely honest with me. So I'm going to drink coffee, eat a bear claw and later a phone number. What am I supposed to dio? Whatever you need to dio Not that it matters but I think you're pretty cool. You have great taste in books. And you were nice enough to let a stranger sit with you On a busy Friday night. She pushed herself up from a chair and headed to the door. Can I get you anything? No, thanks. You sure? If you don't know how to eat your feelings, that can teach you She's Danish vanilla latte. Whoa, Maybe you can teach me. Carmen sat looking at all of the dings and scratches on the surface of the table. She watched the embers of joys. Last cigarette fading out. She looked through the window and saw joy chatting with the young guy behind the counter. They were comparing hand tattoos while another bodies esteemed milk. And he's dropped on their conversation as best she could over the sounds of the steamer. Hey, Natalee's Hey, Natalie! Silky voice whispered to warm lips, place to kiss on Carmen's cheek. How are you? And that's how the story ends. Okay, Um, cool. I'm going to stop the recording now. I made a lot of changes. Um, I'm stopping the voice recording. I made a lot of changes and I did pause for a minute there, I could remember how to spell. Gesticulating. Um, I feel like I could add more detail in this whole section in the entire second half of the story. But I'm not going to because I think getting caught up in the dialogue is what I want from the reader. I mentioned in a previous video that I'm a person that likes bad endings to things. So this is the kind of ending that I would like as a reader. I'm going to have a friend read this to me and see what they think about the ending after I listen to this voice recording. So I don't know how long this video has gone on. Let's see, it's going on. Oh, my 15 whole minutes. So I'm going to stop this year, and I'm going to listen to the recording now on my own time. And when we come back, I will have a friend read this story to me. 27. 27 Friend Reading Notes: during the friend reading edit of the short story, I was unable to record my friend actually reading this story. So I'm just gonna go over a few little things before we moved on to the next and very, very last bit of this short story writing process. So as I had my friend read the story to me, I found a couple of places where the reader might get tripped up and I reconstructed some sentences. Additionally, my reader had some problems differentiating between voices in the heavy dialogue section. So I had to put a few markers in there to let the reader know who was speaking and when my reader had mixed feelings about the ending of the story, which I expected so after some thought, I've decided to leave the ending, as is because I think that's the kind of story I wanted to write this time. If I wanted to wrap it up in a bow, I could have, but I kind of like the reader being able to, um, guess what happened next and leave him kind of wanting. So that's what happened in the friendly friend read, and now we can move on to the next 28. 28 Finalizing Continued: Okay, now it's time for the next part of finalizing, which is to read it one more time. 29. 29 Finalizing Continued In Action: so it's time to read it one more time. Here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to have the computer Read it back to me. You can read it yourself loud. You can read it silently. It doesn't matter. But you need to read this one more time. So I'm going to stop the video here and I'm going to have the computer read this back to me . You should take this time to read through your story just one more time and then I'll see you in the next video. 30. 30 Mission Complete: Okay, so you write your story one more time. And now guess what? You're finished. Mission complete. Congratulations. You have written a short story, and you've written a short story using this particular method. Now, Like I said, in the very beginning of this course, if you tried this method once and you found a few things didn't quite work for you, you could manipulate them and change them to fit your needs. But this is a framework that you can use whenever you want to write a short story. And maybe you're feeling a little stuck when it comes to the actual production of it. So, congratulations. You've done excellent work. And there's one more video to this particular course, and I'm going to be looking at you and telling you a few things so you can see the person behind this course if you're interested. Um, but this next video is going to address a lot of the things that we did not discuss such a structure and things like that. And, um yeah, so congratulations. And I hope to see you in the next one 31. Bonus: Hello, friends. Welcome to a bonus video here. There were a few things that I did not mention in this class, and I wanted to address those things here. Additionally, there are always the same few questions from people when I talk about how I write anything . So I have included those questions here, and I thought we'd go over them together. But, um, keep in mind this is in no particular order. E just threw everything into keynote and thought, I'll just answer these as I go before I dive into the notes and the Q and A, though I want to say Thank you so much. I had a lot of fun making this course. Never really hope that you enjoy taking it. I hope you enjoyed writing, and I hope that you learned a little bit about your own process along the way. So that being said, let's move in to the notes and questions. So why didn't we talk about grammar? That's an easy answer for me. I think you should write to your own capacity while you're learning new things. So basic grammar stuff that you understand use that when you write while you're learning to write short stories while you're writing daily while you're practicing your craft. Read books on grammar. If you're interested in learning the nuances of grammar and more complicated stuff as you learn, you can add in all of those new tricks. But don't worry about learning all the grammar, all the grammar, all the grammar before you write your story. Why didn't we talk about structure for the exact same reason? Everybody has this innate ability to tell a story from beginning to end. It may not be good, but we know to start a story at one point ended at one point, and the more we flex those muscles and the more we play with those missiles will be able to understand them more. So read books on structure, read books on novel structure in addition to short story structure, and also read about Children's book writing structure. Because if you read all of these, you'll see that they're all exactly the same. I mean, there are lots of different words for it, lots of different names. But in truth, you're just talking about writing the beginning, middle and end of a thing and solving problems and answering questions, so learn about it and apply as you go. I'm so bored with my story, Um, a round draft two or three of my short story. I hated it. I was so tired of working with It was boring, boring, boring, because I had told the story in my head already, and I was tired of it. So if you felt bored with your story as you were working on it, it's normal. And, ah, when you start to feel bored with your story, you should let your story rest for at least 24 hours. And, ah, 48 hours is good as well. So 24 to 48 hours let it rest and then come back to it. If you're still bored with it, maybe you're done with the story, and you should try to write something else. Short story recommendation. Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut So I mentioned this story in a previous video. I don't read a lot of short stories. Thes days. I read a lot of short stories when I was a teenager and way early twenties, and I just kind of fell off the short story reading wagon. But the one short story that has stuck with me my entire life, it seems like, or at least my entire life since I read It was Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut. I highly recommend it. It is an excellent example of a good, compelling short story. Not all of your short stories are going to be good, but not all of your short stories are going to be bad. So, um, if I were grading my story that I wrote as my coursework in this class, if I were grading it on a scale from 1 to 10 one being it never got past the first draft, it's just bad. And 10 being Harrison Bergeron, I'd say my story falls between four and six. It's not the best thing I've ever written, but it's a story and it's finished. So there we go. You just have to You have to be okay with that. You're not going to be perfect every time that everything you write is going to be gold, and that's OK. So, um, one short story a week is 52 short stories in a year. With this particular course, I didn't put a time in the titles such as how to write a short story in six or seven days. I didn't do anything like that because when you're new at this, it might take you a little longer. Once you start using this system a couple of times what, as many as I'd say once you start using this system, let me eat my words right and you've gone through it 2 to 4 times. You should be able to knock out a short story in a week, maybe less so. In theory, you could write a short story a week and have 52 short stories by the end of the year. And if you do that, then hey, you've got a short story collection you can publish. Good on you. The Book of Strange. Two Things by Michelle Favor Okay, the line in my short story, where one character says to the other, Every person I've ever given this book to hates it. That's true. That's a That's a quote from my mouth. Every person I've given this book to has hated it, but I love love everything about this book. There is not a thing about this book that I don't like. I've given this book to five people. All five people, very different. Different occupations, different sexes, different gender identity. Different, uh, economic status. Different ages. I think I said that already. But anyway, I've given this book to so just such a diverse group of people, you would think at least one of them would have loved it as much as I did, but no. So if you've read this book or if you do read this book and you like it, please go over to Instagram at Hello. This is Barbara and Barbara. Spelled B a R B a R A. Hello, This is Barbara also much together and tell be that you liked it because I need a book buddy, on this one here. So if that's you, I love to just wave at you. Ah, So now that you finish your short story, um, you might be asking How do I share it? Um, if you're interested in sharing your stores, your short story, the most traditional way is magazines. So you can go to any magazines website and there will be a submission button somewhere on there. And once you click that, it will take you to guidelines page. Read the guidelines. Make sure your story meets the guidelines and that the formatting does. Then submit it and see what happens. What do you got to lose? Um, you know, who knows? I have coffee around. Sorry. More slurping. You're gonna miss the slurping when it's going. Okay, let's see, um, competitions. You could enter short story competitions thes air, normally segregated by genre and or age range of potential readers. When you're looking at competitions again, check the guidelines for everything and also make sure that it's not a scam. There are a lot of writing competitions out there that will ask you for lots of money up front. Be very mindful of which competition to join Blawg. You could put it on your blawg for free so that people can read your work and maybe drum up some attention around your other work. Or you can submit it to another blogger that likes to feature works of fiction. That's always good. If you know a lot of independent authors and they've written short stories as well, you could pool all of your short stories together and published a collection on your own. I've also mentioned medium and that should save medium dot com. But if you go to medium dot com, it's a blawg, essentially. But it's a blawg with millions of writers. So maybe thousands, maybe not millions, I don't know. But when you weenie, right for medium, they have a built in audience, so they help you distribute your work to people who might actually be interested in reading the things that you've written. You tell medium the kind of readers that you're looking for, or the kind of readers that you expect to enjoy the work that you have by using tags and they distribute it for you. There's also a way for you to earn money on medium, and you can learn about that by going to medium dot com and looking at their partnership program. I'm I don't work for medium, but I do have pieces on medium that earn me money in my sleep. So if you have the ability to make a little money, I don't see why you would skip that opportunity, and it also gives you some, gives you some confidence. You've published work, people are reading it and the world didn't catch on fire. There are a lot of benefits to taking writing classes. I highly recommend you take some in person writing classes in addition to your online writing classes, and this is coming from a person who is a terrible, terrible in class student. I learned best on my own. I learned best from video and audio and books. When I'm in a classroom, I find that the teachers do not go as fast as I need them to go. So if you can find a class that you think suits your learning style, you should take it. I took two classes locally. Um, they only lasted one day. Each class was only four hours, but it was an intensive, and I found that to be the most amazing experience. We not only wrote essays in these classes. We wrote about three essays in four hours, but we also shared them, and we got useful critiques from the teacher and other students that were, um, how do I explain this? They were forward motion inducing. It's not like when you go to a writer's group in people critique, but it's not really helpful there, just judging your work. It was a critique that lended itself to action, so I found it very useful. Last but not least, is editing and proofreading. As you start growing your collection of short stories, you might want to consider hiring an editor or proof reader if you intend to distribute worldwide or if you intend to make this your career because it's always helpful to have a team now in the beginning, if you're not looking for this to be a business or if you're starting out small and you don't have a lot of money hiring an editor, a proof reader is not going to be in your budget. They are expensive. Um, what you can dio is you can do the editing and proofreading yourself, and then you can have friends and family help you out. But as you start to earn a little money from your writing, you might want to invest in professional editing and proof reading. I have a handful of contacts for editing and proofreading that I use from time to time, but I do not use professional services for everything, so pick and choose. It's your career, it's your craft. It's your career. If you decide to make it a career and it's your craft, no matter what. So you choose how you would like it Done. Okay. Thank you all. Thank you so much if you made it all the way through this. Good on you. Um I know that was probably really hard. If you would like to read the final draft of my coursework, I've put it here on my website at Hello. This is barbara dot com slash short stories short hyphen stories. Um, the reason I made the word stories plural is because I'm going to go through and do this course work again, probably in about three months. It's March 2019 as a record. This the reason I'm setting the date so far in the future is because I'm in the middle of editing a couple of novels and creating a another kid's book. E like to do a lot of things all at once. Um, so anyway, in a few months, I'll be adding another short story to it, and I might just keep adding, who knows? So thank you again. Happy writing. And if you decide to share your coursework, please go over to Hello. This is barbara dot com and reach out to me and tell me where you publish your work. I'd love to read it. Take care 32. 05/2020 - Update & Check-in: Barbara and I just wanted to show you something that I've made for you. So if you're watching this, then you have made it to the end of one of my courses. So thank you so much for being here. I have directed you in this course a couple of times to visit. Hello. This is barbara dot com, which is my personal log, which is essentially my blog's version of sharing my lunch with you. It's just a place for me to dump all of my thoughts. Um, but I've had some interactions with some students, all positive, where they've asked about writing advice or they've asked for more writing worksheets or something like that, just spreading advice in general about the craft in the business of Friday. So what I have done is I have created Not now. I'm writing dot com to service you in this way, So if you will go to not now, I'm writing dot com. You'll see that it is exploring the craft of business of writing with author Be a Burgess, which is me. And there's a place where you can sign up for a weekly newsletter not required, but you certainly May I also have showcased some testimonials here. I'm gonna try to switch these up. These testimonials and reviews of the courses. They're not for me, though I do appreciate them very much, but they're for people who are thinking about writing a story. So every review you leave get someone a little bit closer to finally taking the steps to writing whatever it is that they want to write. So don't be afraid to leave a review. It's helpful to the people who are looking for class to help them write their stuff. But I'm not. Now I'm writing dot com. I'll show you these top. Well, let me show you these top few. Um, I have blogged posts such as this one and this one which provide downloadable Pdf. So So some of you have asked me to make a 32 page picture book book map like the one that I show in my how to write a Children's book course. I have done that, Um, and even though you can obviously just number a piece of paper 1 to 32 I know how valuable it is to have something visual that you can look at a little guide to help you while you're writing, and this is what I've made for you. So once you scroll down to the bottom of this block post, there will be a download your pdf's here button. Once you click on that, all you have to do is download this five page pdf that includes two different versions of the Children's book map. So every Wednesday there will be a worksheet or a booklet like this that comes out. I'm not. Now I'm writing dot com, so worksheet Wednesday is what you want to look for. It is a tag that I'm using on Instagram. I think I'm using it here as well. Pardon me on Fridays. Um, I'm doing flash fiction Friday, so there will be a prompt so that you can have a reason to sit down and bang out about, you know, 500 to 1500 words. Ah, home. But these little prompts air here for you. You can use those. You can download my flash fiction e book that I wrote for Mother's Day licorice in the time of Cove in 19 if you're interested. But there are all kinds of fun things here I do hope that you decided to come over to the site and see what it's all about. And yes, OK, I think that's all of it. So just to reiterate, not now. I'm writing dot com. It's a place for all the writing, all the writing. Hello, This is barbara dot com is a personal log, and I'd still love to have you there. And if you're interested in checking out my small press, you can do that by going to pilgrim foul press dot com. And that is all I have for you today. Take care of you happy writing, and I hope to see you all in another course very soon.