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Stories abound.  They are everywhere.  Some stories are massive and glorious like a monument, a structure of marble and stained glass.  Some are humble and simple like a puff of cloud or a puddle of water.  And some stories–most perhaps–are somewhere in between, small, but complex, more than first meets the eye…like a feather.

Everyone has stories.  Here, I will tell you some of mine.

Welcome to Storyfeather.

Course Pre-Sale Ending Soon

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Storyfeather School for Fictioneers

The pre-sale is over.
But the course is still available.
Enter the portal below!

Launched July 20, 2021!

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing of the Storyfeather logo. To the right of the image, the online course title, "Write A Short Story in Five Weeks." Below the title, the subtitle, "A Doable Method for Procrastinators, Self-Doubters, and Bucket-Listers." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.

[Video description: Course Instructor, Nila Patel, seen from elbows up, sitting in front of a wood paneling background, and facing the camera. Some kind of paper craft artwork with geometric shapes—obviously added to provide variety in the background—hangs on the wall above her left shoulder.]

Here’s a transcript of the video above:

Hello, it’s Nila. I’m here to remind you about the pre-sale for my online course.  It’s called “Write A Short Story in Five Weeks: A Doable Method for Procrastinators, Self-Doubters, and Bucket-Listers.” 

Let’s say you know the basics of writing fiction. You have a character study here, a line of dialogue there, and bits and pieces that you’re not sure how to put together, or maybe you’ve never tried because the thought of it is frustrating or overwhelming. This course can help.

Or if you’re starting from scratch with a completely blank page, this course can help.

There are tons of free resources out there, which is great. But the challenge is figuring out which ones can help you, and where to begin. Where to go next. And next after that.  Maybe you even know all the steps.  You know WHAT to do.  Just not HOW to do it. That’s where it helps to have some guidance from someone who’s done it a lot. 

I’ve written 400 stories, so many stories that I’ve developed a workflow that you can use as a template, a shortcut, if you will, to customize your own method. And a way for you to judge which tools and resources will be helpful to you in the rest of your writing journey.

There are only a few days left. The pre-sale ends on July 20.  That’s this coming Tuesday.  So if you’re interested in checking it out—or better yet enrolling in the course—go to the link below and click the button that says “Write A Short Story in Five Weeks: A Doable Method for Procrastinators, Self-Doubters, and Bucket-Listers.”

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Note From A Triceratops

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Digital drawing. The fossil of a triceratops, seen head on from a three-quarters profile, facing left, is either etched in a sandy stone slab, or is standing in front of the slab. The slab is etched with scratches and fern leaf stems.

You think you know our story.  The asteroid.  The extinction.  The line of descendants who succeeded in taking to the air in ways we never did, never could.

I stopped writing and dropped my pen.  I glanced up at the monitor that displayed a magnified image.  And shifted my gaze over to the already withering leaf mounted on the simple light microscope. 

It was my imagination.  It had to be.

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Storyfeather School for Fictioneers

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[Update (7/23/21): This was originally the announcement post for the pre-sale of a new course called “Write A Short Story in Five Weeks.” The pre-sale is over. But the course has now launched and is still available for purchase at the regular price. See original post below and/or click on the portal button for more details.]


Last week, I announced that I will be launching an online course. I’m back with further details and a pre-sale announcement.

A picture of Nila Patel from head to shoulders, sitting before a wood-paneled wall, off-center to right. She is facing forward with a comically determined expression. She glasses that cover a third of her face and a t-shirt with a feather design. Her right hand is raised, holding a pen upright along the right side of her face. At top left is a text box displaying the words "It can be done."
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing of the Storyfeather logo. To the right of the image, the online course title, "Write A Short Story in Five Weeks." Below the title, the subtitle, "A Doable Method for Procrastinators, Self-Doubters, and Bucket-Listers." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.

The course is called “Write A Short Story in Five Weeks: A Doable Method for Procrastinators, Self-Doubters, and Bucket-Listers.”

Its aim is to help aspiring fiction writers who know the basics of writing, but may be struggling with starting, continuing, or finishing a short story. And it’s based on my own method for getting my short stories done.

The course will launch on July 20, 2021. I’m currently running a pre-sale at a discounted price. The pre-sale will end when the course launches.

Here’s a very general breakdown:

Week 1: Idea and Brainstorming: Getting over the hurdle of getting start.
Week 2: Outlining: How and Why to do one. Making choices about the story (characters, person, tone, etc.)
Week 3: Drafting: Showing, telling, and how to keep going even when interrupted.
Week4: Revision and Research
Week 5: Finalizing: Catching up and wrapping

My qualifications:

This past Sunday (7/4/21), I posted my 400th story. I wrote those 400 stories over the seven years since I launched the Storyfeather site in 2013. I love to write while I’m writing. And yet, I still fall into all three of the above categories to some extent. I still plan to get the story done earlier than I actually do. I still wonder if the story I’m writing makes sense or is actually good (whatever I mean by “good”). And I still definitely have “write fiction” on my list of life aspirations.

I have an adaptable workflow that I use to deal with the hurdles of procrastination and self-doubt. And I have experience with teaching and training from various day jobs throughout my life.

Want more information? Want to enroll? Click the button below to explore more.

Please feel free to share the link with anyone you think might be interested.

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing of the Storyfeather logo. To the right of the image, the online course title, "Write A Short Story in Five Weeks." Below the title, the subtitle, "A Doable Method for Procrastinators, Self-Doubters, and Bucket-Listers." Bottom right corner bears a stylized inkwell with a feather emerging from it enclosed by a square. All shapes have curved corners.

There’s a 30-day money back guarantee from the date of purchase.

At the very bottom of the sales page you can enter your email list if you’d like to continue receiving news and information about this and/or futures courses.

If you have any questions, you can leave a comment on this post, or email me at nila@storyfeather.com

Summer 2021 Coming Soon

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ONLINE COURSE!

MERCH!


More details coming next week about the course, and more details over the coming weeks about a new online store.


[Video Description: It’s me, Nila, facing front, seen from chest up, in front of a plain washboard door. I speak to camera and say, “Hi, it’s Nila. I’m just dropping in to make a quick announcement about two exciting new initiatives that I’ll be launching for Storyfeather over the summer. One of them is an online course. And the other one is an online store. The course is coming first, so I’ll be back next week with more details about that. And in the meantime, I hope that everybody has a safe and fun holiday. And I will see you soon.” The word “Initiatives!” flies in from my right as I say it. The words “Online Course” and “Online Store” float up and away as I announce them.]

Just a note for anyone who may have noticed, I did have an online store previously through Zazzle. It’s technically still open, but I stopped working on it back in 2015. I’ve removed the link for now, and I’ll address it further when I return with more details about the new store.

Unstable Blood

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Digital drawing. At center, figure seen from chin to mid-thigh, wearing a top with no sleeves, a shirt or blazer tied around the waist, and a watch around the left wrist. The ends of the figure’s short hair dangle just below the chin. The right hand grips the left at the elbow. The left arm dangles. Rivulets of blood trickle from a wound at the left shoulder. They trickle down the arm, but also float across the body and out from the arm. Behind the figure is a glowing background with spatters bursting out from the center.

Too much blood.  Too much blood is dripping.  He’ll smell it.  He’ll find me.

Once again, she stopped for a moment and leaned against a wall under the flashing red bulbs and the piercing alarm.  She inhaled and drew the blood back into her body through the poorly sealed gash that arced over her shoulder.  A dozen rivulets trickled up her bare arm.

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