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 πŸ™‚

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 inΒ  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 πŸ™‚