How to Craft Your Mystery Short Story with Steve Shrott

Genre-Mystery-Crime How to Craft Your Mystery Short Story with Steve Shrott

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  1. Genre
  2. Plotting
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Learn the three parts of a mystery and where to include what and when. Steve will show you how to outline and use free writing techniques to craft a winning mystery short.
  • What makes a good mystery, and how to be an idea machine.
  • How to craft openings that hook your reader, and twist endings that shock them at the end.
  • Writing intriguing detectives, criminals and other villains/heroes.
  • Using ‘jumps’ to keep readers turning pages.
  • Secrets of creating clues and red hearings.
  • Using templates to help us create plots.
  • Giving your story ‘touches’ that help it sell.
  • Learning from top mystery writers.
  • The rules of submitting short stories.
  • Where to send your stories.
Start date
Dec 6, 2021 at 9:00 AM
End date
Dec 20, 2021 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Dec 9, 2021 at 12:50 AM
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Steve Shrott's Mystery Short Story Class was extremely helpful. His homework assignments were focused, took the lecture and offered an opportunity to practice. Found the information accessible, practical, not vague or esoteric. The posts from the other classmates and the suggestions made to them are part of the learning experience. I would recommend this class to anyone. Thank you, Steve.
I have now taken 3 of Steve's classes and I am amazed at the knowledge he shares with us . He is the best.
Georgina Sellwood
First, I must admit that I did not get through the entire class. I tried, but this was the fastest course I've taken through Savvy Authors I've attempted. The course has six modules and three modules were released a week, which was just entirely too much (especially in early December during the Holiday season. Personally, I wish the course was longer. I would either stretch it out over three weeks (two modules per week) or just stretch it out over six weeks with only one course released per week. Honestly, between my day job, the holidays, and my existing writing schedule, I just ran out of time and only complete the activities for the first few modules before I was so far behind I just kind of quit the activities. I did read the lectures and plan to go back through them when I have time.

Second, I would recommend double checking links at the beginning of the course. I found a couple of dead links, which happens. That's always a problem when you're running any kind of course that uses links. I don't consider this anyone's fault, because link rot happens.

Third, as for the instructor, I think Steve did a really good job with the lectures and providing feedback. I would like to have seen video lectures over reading ones, but I know this isn't how SavvyAuthors does their short courses... yet. I would definitely not be hesitant to take a course from Steve.

Lastly, I gave the course a four star review primarily because of how fast the course was and the overwhelming feeling of getting behind to the point it was impossible to get caught up.