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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Write Short to Succeed: Quick, easy tips from my upcoming class!

Register here for my The Hows and Whys of Writing Short, Tuesday, October 20th, 7-8 p.m. Or go to www.boiselearns.org and the Personal Enrichment classes for more.

A couple of tips for a sweet taste of my class:

Why write short? Because it's a free class in editing and writing.
 
It's an excellent way to learn to write fiction and nonfiction, both. Because ever short story and article are…short. Which means you can focus on all the elements of the writing, plot, description, characterization, the senses and how, where, who, why etc. You can experiment and play with different genres, ideas, formats, without committing to 400 pages of writing before realizing something doesn’t work. And most of the time it does work and gives you a finished piece to sell. It’s a writing course you’ll get paid for!

How to learn to write short? READ short stories and articles. 

The major way to learn how to write short is to read short. Read a lot, they're short, after all. Read stories in publications you want to be in.  Read a lot in your genre, but not exclusively so. Read magazines, anthologies, etc and published stand alones. Read the classics and the brand new releases.
 
 Want to know more? Attend my class!








2 comments:

J Q Rose said...

Oh Conda, I wish I lived near you to take this class on writing short. Maybe you can make a video and put it on YouTube!! Then everyone could learn from you. Hope you have a lot of eager learners sign up and they learn to write short.

Conda Douglas said...

Thanks JQ! And I'm about to publish my "Write Short to Succeed" book for all those who don't live in Idaho. Twenty-seven chapters, many with exercises, to get you writing short in no time!