Welcome to the home of the Golden Rose
We are the Portland, Oregon chapter of Romance Writers of America. Our mission is to educate, support, and mentor published and unpublished members in the profession of romance writing. We welcome anyone who is pursuing their dream of writing romance. If you are new to the area or want to learn more about our chapter, feel free to come for a visit. Check out the membership information or send an email to our Vice President of Membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEETING LOCATION: PCC – Sylvania campus – ST 101
June 8, 2013
10:00am to 1:00pm
The Long on the Short of it
Becoming a Better Writer through Crafting Short Stories
People think writing short stories is easy. It isn’t. It’s much easier to fill in word count with description, back-story, etc. With short stories, you aren’t allowed this privilege. You have to get in, get to the point, and get out. You still have to have a complete story arc or your writing won’t make sense.
Find out why some stories ring in the mind while others leave you with the feeling of what was the point? This is true with writing ten pages or a thousand.
- You need to have a clear theme. What is your story about? That doesn’t mean what is the plot line, the sequence of events or the character’s actions, it means what is the message or statement behind the words of your piece. You have to know this before you begin.
- A short story will cover a short span of time. It may be one single event that proves fundamental or critical in the life of the character, and that event which will push your theme home.
- Choose your characters wisely. Each new character will bring a new dimension to the story, but with short stories, you don’t have time to explore too many different directions. Choose wisely and only have characters to illustrate your point.
- Make every word count. There is no room for unnecessary expansion in so few of words. If you don’t need it, delete it.
- Focus. What is the point of your story? The best stories are the ones that follow a narrow subject line. Again, what is your theme. It’s tempting to veer off in multiple directions, but is this important to the final goal of the characters? Stay the course, it will make sense to the readers in the long run.
Learn to hone your skills for short stories. It will help you become a better writer.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has over thirty short stories on ebook and three full-length book in print. She writes in Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Erotica.
Shot in the Dark and Christmas Chaos were in the Kindle sales top 10 ebooks and Christmas Chaos was #2 in the Romance category. Her novel, Shot in the Dark was a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Cleveland, and Toronto RWA contests.
Jennifer is an Associate Publisher for the indie e-book company Books to Go Now that resides in the Seattle area. Books to Go Now offers professional editing, cover design, multiple book format file creation, and most important–publicity. Their staff works to help make our author books a success one book at a time. BTGN represents over 150 authors and just reached 300 titles.