12 Baby Steps to a Complete Story:
The Plan

A Pen In Each Hand

So you have an idea, but you don’t know where to start… and the end seems so far away it might as well be on Pluto. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Follow the 12 Baby-Steps to a Complete Story and you’ll be on your way. Each month, we’ll post a new exercise. Do each month’s exercise and by the end of the year, you’ll have a polished story (or personal essay, if you prefer non-fiction) ready to submit!

The time-line here is designed for a short piece of writing, not a book, but if you’d like to do it with a novel idea, you’re welcome to. If you’d just like to do the exercises as practice, and use different pieces for each exercise, that’s fine too. Adapt the exercises any way you like. There are no rules, just ideas.


July: The Plan
Exercise #7

Vacation plans? Want to be outside, rather than hunched up in front of the computer? Here’s an exercise you can take with you.

Write ½ – 1 page that outlines the changes you’re going to make in draft #2. Post and ask for feedback on it. Tweak it if necessary and get ready to write draft #2.

This month’s exercise is short and sweet, just like summer. 😉 Missed a step? Fallen behind? Now’s the time to catch up!

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