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    Homework Assignment #6

    Write one or two flash fiction stories showcasing a new detective and villain that we haven't seen before.
  2. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Lecture Lecture #6

    Being Different For me, one of the secrets to successful short story writing is being different. Imagine an editor at his desk. Beside him are three hundred stories that he has to read by the end of the month. He’s probably read hundreds of stories before and most of the ones in that pile are...
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    Homework Assignment #5

    1) Write a flash fiction story or two. Aim for 250 words or less. Try to incorporate one or more clues in the story. You can use your own ideas or any of the concepts below,(altered as much as you’d like,) 1) I don’t know what it is, but the strangest things happen when you try to blackmail...
  4. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Lecture Lecture #5

    Clues Often, in an investigative story, a crime is committed by the end of the setup section. Then, in the development portion of a story, the main character will attempt to solve the crime. Of course, there will be clues along the way. If a clue leads the character into solving the crime, I...
  5. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Homework Assignment #4

    Do one or two or (for bonus points) all three of the following exercises. 1) Figure out what would happen in the middle of your story. 2) Pick one or two of these story lines and tell us what they would basically be about, as well as what would happen in the middle, and the end. If you can...
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    Lecture Lecture #4

    More on Structure As we’ve discussed we generally open with a line that hooks the reader, then we have the setup which ends when the problem is indicated. Following that, we have the reaction to what occurred, then development where we have the ‘things’ that happen in the story. Lastly, is the...
  7. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Homework Assignment #3

    Write seven or more events that could occur in the development section of one or two of your ideas.
  8. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Lecture Lecture #3

    Development After we've set up the story, we need to develop it. There are many ways this can go. However, it should develop logically from the problem at the end of the set up. Usually, this is the largest section of the story as well as the fun or exciting part. When you thought up your story...
  9. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Homework Assignment #2

    Pick one or two of the ideas that you created in lecture #1 and figure out an opening line and the answers to the setup questions. Here’s the questions again-- 1) Who is your main character? Is there another character that has a big part? What is his/her relationship to the main character? 2)...
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    Lecture Lecture #2

    What Type of Writer are you? In my mind, there are two types of writers—Outliners and Free Writers. Outliners, of course, outline a story before they start. Free Writers, as you can guess, just start writing once they have an idea—sometimes before. Some people think that short story writers...
  11. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Homework Assignment #1

    1) Write four or more ideas for mystery short stories remembering the characteristics the final ideas should have-- Clear and Simple Short The ‘uh oh factor’ High Concept 2) Tell us in two or three lines, the basic concept behind a mystery short story you’ve read. It could be one you’ve...
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    Lecture Introduction and Lecture #1

    Introduction Hello and Welcome to the exciting world of mystery short story writing. My aim in this workshop is for you to leave with the ability to create short stories that sell. Although the shorties look easy, they do take practice. The simple fact is that the more you write them, the...
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    Discussion Welcome from your Instructor

    Hey everyone, great to have you here!! I hope you'll find this course on Crafting Your Mystery Short Story informative and fun. As you already know, my name is Steve Shrott and I've been involved in various facets of writing. The workshop is two weeks long. I will post lectures on Monday...
  14. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Homework Assignment #6

    Write a paragraph or two about a villain. Have him tell someone what terrible thing he wants to do and why he wants to do it. You might also try to hint at what has made your villain become so evil.
  15. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Lecture Lecture #6

    Villains Just like the protagonist shouldn’t be all good in thrillers, the villain shouldn’t be all bad. It’s more interesting and believable if the villain has a good reason for doing evil things. Most villains start their lives just like everyone else except at some point bad things happen...
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    Homework Assignment #5

    Come up with four or five events that could occur in one of your stories from the middle to the end. You can write it as a paragraph or two or just write the ideas down. If you can, try to include a twist.
  17. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Lecture Lecture #5

    More on the Midpoint Here are some examples of the midpoint in two stories. The Martian by Andy Weir Mark has been sent on a mission to Mars. When he hears that his supplies will be delayed, he realizes that it’s quite possible he will die on Mars. So he must take action to prevent that...
  18. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Homework Assignment #4

    1) Figure out the middle of one of your ideas. Remember there are two elements to the middle. 1) is that the main character realizes something and 2) is that he takes action based on what he realizes. 2) For bonus points pick one or two of the stories below, and try to figure out the middle...
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    Lecture Lecture #4

    Characters Part Two We talked about what we can deduce about our characters from a story idea. Let’s look at the idea that we talked about in the first lecture-- When a receptionist discovers the plastic surgeon she’s been having an affair with has been keeping a secret about a patient who...
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    Homework Assignment #3

    1) Write a beginning paragraph or so for one or two of your ideas. Try to put in some past thing that might influence the story. It can be a flaw, event etc that affected the character and still affects her. Here are some ideas for past events which could cause some issues. You can use these...