How I Write A Short Story, Part 1 | Behind The Scenes Writing Vlog #9

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Hello, Book Lovers!


As you probably know, I’ve moved my writing vlogs over to a new channel, just to distinguish between the two types of content that I provide. Over the months, I’ve noticed that the audience who wants writing advice is a little different from the audience who like my weekly vlogs. Which leads me to announce that I’m doing a mini-experiment on this channel.


Don’t worry, it’s not as crazy as it sounds.


The next few Behind the Scenes Vlogs will be focused on one day as opposed to a weekly writing vlog. So, in theory, the vlogs will be shorter at first, at some point, I may go back to the weekly style content. In this writing vlog, I had initially planned on starting to write a short story, which is titled The Lawn. But, as it turned out, I needed more time to prepare before putting pen to paper or in my case, fingers to the keyboard.


In this ninth Behind the Scenes writing vlog I discuss:
● How I write a short story.
● What is an easter egg?
● What I do before I start writing.
● Scene blocking or Scene Outlining and how I use this technique when I write.
● Creating a scene by scene outline in excel.
● How I edit my outline
● Value shifts and how I use this during the outline editing phase.
● How long it takes me to create a story world, create characters, and outline before I start writing.
● And how I write scenes.


If you loved this writing blog then check out parts two and three in the short story writing mini-series.


Thanks for watching.


With love,


Amelia xx



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Amelia D. Hay

Amelia D. Hay

I’m Amelia. I write amateur sleuth mystery novels under the pen name A. D. Hay and I’m the author of The Candidate, The Locked Room, The Lawn, Suspicion and Duplicity. I’m also the host of the Mystery Novel Nerd Podcast and The Authorpreneur Podcast™️. Right now, I’m writing the first novella in a cozy mystery series, and writing the third book in the James Lalonde Mystery Series. When I’m not writing, hosting my podcasts or coaching aspiring authors, I love to travel around Europe with my Husband, drink tea, and eat pizza.

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