Short Story Writing Workshop – Day 2

Off to a good start yesterday. Took a long look at Werewolf, Zombies, Sunrise, the story I’m working on through the Workshop. I’ve written myself into a corner with it. The final scene is obvious, right now, but also predictable, no surprises, and I’ve no real interest in writing it the way it’s played out. I grabbed my vampire character and turned him upside down and shook him a bit to see what might fall out. He didn’t want to cooperate but I’m the master here so he gave up a few goods. We’ll be back at it again today.

After a long dry spell, after I’d finished with the Workshop for the day, I gave A Lamentation of Swans some time and managed 244 words on a brand new scene. Totally unexpected.


Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum. ~Graycie Harmon

7:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am Inspirational Reading – The First Draft, The Passionate, Accurate Story, Carol Bly & Character as Plot, How Fiction Works, Oakley Hall

Workshop 2 – CHARACTERIZATION                       8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Assigned ReadingChapter 24, The Art of Creating People, Three Genres by Stephen Minot

Short Story: The Daemon Lover, Shirley Jackson (Genre: Fantasy)

Short Story: The Refugee, Jane Rice (Genre: Fantasy)

·     The four methods of direct presentation are appearance, action, speech, and thought. The indirect method is authorial interpretation. By what method of characterizing is the main character portrayed?

·     List the details that lend credibility to the main character. How much information is given through these details?

·     Is there any authorial interpretation of the character in the story?

·     How does action contribute to the main character in the story?

·     Are the characters complex? If so, how?

·     How do the actions of the characters as they unfold reveal unexpected traits of character?

·     Has the main character changed by the end of the story? How?

12:00 pm       Lunch

Writing Your Short Story                                          1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Answer the 7 questions for the short story you’re writing, or answer what you can, and continue.