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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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.

Portals and Trailers Are Here

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Hello,

First, thank you for your interest in Storyfeather!

I’m interrupting the regularly scheduled storytelling to present a couple new Pages I’ve just added, to help navigate through the (perhaps daunting) waves of stories crashing all around us.

The Portals page and the Trailers page will present more information about the stories, both new and old.

You can find the links at the top of this post, and on the main menu (to the left on desktop view and at the top of the page on mobile view).

PORTALS

You’ll find buttons that link to the latest podcast episode and the latest short story. Coming soon, you’ll also find links to some combination of the following:

  • Older short stories and podcast episodes showcasing a specific theme (a holiday, a season, a profession, most popular, least popular, my faves, etc.)
  • Random Button results—I’ll click the Random button, see where it leads me, and talk about that story or page
  • About and other

I’ll be adding an update to my About page soon, and have a few plans for…other stuff (she said, cryptically).

TRAILERS
You’ll find trailers of the most recent short stories and podcast episodes. The trailers for the short stories will reveal the genre and tagline. In future, I may add quotes from the story. The trailers for the podcast episodes will include an audio excerpt from the episode set against the episode art. And many of the trailers will include animations, transitions, or other minor visual effects.

Why am I making two different pages, instead of putting all of this onto one page?

The Portals page will serve as a landing page for people who find me from other places on the internet where I’ll be posting my trailers.

For some strange reason, I’ve only been posting trailers on Instagram, instead of posting them here first. Well, partly it’s because I didn’t know how or where to put the trailers on my site until now. I’m also trying out embedding a podcast player at the bottom of both Pages, which will allow visitors to listen to the three most recent episodes directly from the Page.

So, I invite you to take a look at the Portals and Trailers pages. And please let me know what you think.

You can comment below, DM me on IG at @storyfeather or reach out to me through email at nila@storyfeather.com.

Thanks!
Nila

Storyfeather Year 7

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This week’s story will be posted soon. This is the anniversary post for Storyfeather’s seventh year!

The Year of Prompts is done! That was the theme for Storyfeather Year Seven.  Take a writing prompt and write a short story from it.      

Thank you to everyone who read even a single story. Thank to you everyone who liked or commented. Thank you for your time and interest, and for being a part of Storyfeather, especially Year Seven.

A lot happens in the seventh year stories.  An inventor builds a time machine out of a jukebox.  Three friends do their science project on a forgotten novelty invention, a self-peeling banana. A small team of marine explorers search for a mythical jewel that fell from the heavens. A family is haunted by a demon that is not satisfied with collecting the fallen teeth of their children. And a young drummer commits the crime of “creativity without a license.”

I’ve written over 350 stories now. And I posted my 150th podcast episode (I’ll soon be wrapping up Season Three, in which I’m narrating stories from Storyfeather Year Three).  Year Seven was a worthy challenge, but I’m glad to be moving on.  Sometimes I “cheated” and deviated by just writing a story based on a dream or a notion (and reverse-engineering some kind of prompt from that).  It’s easy to find writing prompts.  There are free apps and sites.  But what I found challenging was to find a prompt with the proper level of specificity.

Storytelling is still my true love, still my destiny, still my path.  And this year in particular, storytelling has been and still is my haven.  And my hope.

Year Eight is on the horizon.  Here’s to seeing what stories I’ll be spinning up (that’s a dorky clue to the theme).  I hope you’ll come along.

I have stories to tell you.
Nila

Storyfeather Year 7 Theme Poll

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Year Seven of Storyfeather is Coming Soon!

Thus far, each year’s stories follow (mostly) a theme.

Year One was the Year of Challenge.  A story a week.  Could I pull it off?  Year Two’s theme was Objects of Power.  Year Four was the Year of Creatures. And so on.

What will Year Seven be?  Maybe you can help me choose…


The poll is now closed and the choices are made.

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