Short Story Plan

Ok, been a busy week at work and home but I wanted to put this plan out there. I ended up breaking my original plan down to a 10th its size. I will attempt to use it to start writing next week and although I may not do this day by day I will try to write the word count on the days I do write. I will post a diary for how this goes. If I did manage to do it each day it would take 10 days but I don’t know that I can fit that in. I am thinking that every every second or third day will be more likely. We’ll see.

The Plan

Beat Beat Beat Daily Word Count
Opening Image:50 Theme Stated:50 Set-up:400 500
Catalyst:100 Debate:400 500
Debate:200 Break into Two:50 B Story:250 500
Fun and Games:500 500
Fun and Games:500 500
Fun and Games:200 Midpoint:50 Bad Guys Close In:250 500
Bad Guys Close In:200 All is Lost:50 Dark Night of the Soul:250 500
Dark Night of the Soul:200 Break Into Three:50 Finale:250 500
Finale:500 500
Finale:450 Final Image:50 500

Good luck and good night 🙂

Writing a short story

Having a short story or series of short stories published in magazines is the recommended way to gain an agent and the ever elusive publishing deal. Getting a short story published has kicked off a number of big authors careers. Stephen King is a great example of an author who started his career having his short stories published in magazines before his first book Carrie was picked up by DoubleDay.

When I attended my first science fiction convention, I was lucky enough to start at the top with 5 days at the World Science Fiction Convention – AussieCon4 which was held in  Melbourne 2010, I listened to panel after panel of writers, agents, publishers and editors recommend establishing a short story publication track record to assist in getting your novel published.

So after my planning attempt at a novel for NaNoWriMo I had a moment of clarity. Why not scale this plan down for the purposes of a short story? I have yet to do this but it’s now on my todo list for this week.

I need to be organised to get anything extra into weeks that are consumed by a job and family. Successfully planning and writing a short story would be a great achievement for me and a chance to test drive a scaled down version of my NaNoWriMo plan.

I will let you know how I go and post the modified outline, hopefully in a few days.

Good night and good luck my fellow writers 🙂

 

The Outline

I did it. I managed to write my first outline and to scare myself witless in the process. I took everything I have been reading about writing an outline and produced a tight day by day plan. I must confess to stealing from Save the Cat.

Yes this plan is based on how someone might write a screenplay but in my defense I chose to co-opt Save the Cat because it is very precise and following the story arc with a modified word count allowed me to create a tight plan.

The output from this writing exercise is not going to be a book ready for publishing but a bare bones, mashed up, 50,000 words. It can be then be edited into a manuscript to send to someone i.e. agent.

I still need to come up with the final path my story will take and want to add points to write to for each day. Its always easier to get to a finish line if you can see it. In this case there will be  a finish line for each day with a huge payoff at the end.

This task is becoming more daunting rather than less as I plan. My hope is that with sufficient prep I will be excited to get started by Friday November 1st. It should feel like taking a well planned trip, exhilarating and exhausting.

Now for the big reveal. Below is my plan. Ta da.

Goodnight and good luck my fellow writers xx

Date Beat Beat Beat Daily Word Count
Friday, 1 November 2013 Opening Image:500 Theme Stated:500 Set-up:700 1700
Saturday, 2 November 2013 Set-up:1700 1700
Sunday, 3 November 2013 Set-up:1600 1600
Monday, 4 November 2013 Catalyst:1000 Debate:700 1700
Tuesday, 5 November 2013 Debate:1700 1700
Wednesday, 6 November 2013 Debate:1700 1700
Thursday, 7 November 2013 Debate:1700 1700
Friday, 8 November 2013 Debate:200 Break into Two:500 B Story:1000 1700
Saturday, 9 November 2013 B Story:1500 1500
Sunday, 10 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Monday, 11 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Thursday, 14 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Friday, 15 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Saturday, 16 November 2013 Fun and Games:1800 1800
Sunday, 17 November 2013 Midpoint:500 Bad Guys Close In:1000 1500
Monday, 18 November 2013 Bad Guys Close In:1700 1700
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 Bad Guys Close In:1800 1800
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 All Is Lost:500 Dark Night of the Soul:1200 1700
Thursday, 21 November 2013 Dark Night of the Soul:1700 1700
Friday, 22 November 2013 Dark Night of the Soul:1600 1600
Saturday, 23 November 2013 Break into Three:500 Finale:1200 1700
Sunday, 24 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Monday, 25 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Thursday, 28 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Friday, 29 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Saturday, 30 November 2013 Finale:600 Final Image:500 1100
50000

 

 

 

Off Topic #1 – Non Technical Project Managers

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OMG Anyone who puts someone completely non technical in charge of a technical project should be shot, along with the Project Manager. As a technical person there is nothing more infuriating than being emailed technical questions and then having the Project Manager follow up only to waste your time by ignoring your answers.

Don’t ask for my assistance then choose to not use the technical details I am giving you because clearly your managing this project is more important letting anything technical get in the way. This is the equivalent of putting the tea bag in the bin and then pouring hot water in the cup. Good luck to you Sir, enjoy your hot water.

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