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New Lights, Camera, Action! Plot, People and Write your novel with Becky Martinez

Plot your novel, flesh out your characters, and write that story!

  1. Becky Martinez
    New this year at SavvyAuthors!:
    • New!!
    Level:
    Mixed
    Basic and Premium Members Prices:
    <p>Premium Members $75 &amp; Basic Members $110</p>
    Category:
    • Mentoring
    • Characters
    • Description/Setting
    • Structure
    • Plotting
    • POV
    • Worldbuilding
    <p><b>Let’s Plot Your Novel - 01/09/2017-02/05/2017</b></p><p><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </b></p><p>Don’t let the plotting process get you down. It can seem like a major undertaking, but once you figure out what works best for you, you can let the real author in your come out and get down to plotting any type of story – from romance to thriller to fantasy, from short stories to a long series tough endeavor. Get the basics of different ways to plot your book and start to come up with what is necessary to get all the way through your plot. Where should you start? How should you start? Do you need to outline everything? What if you would rather not plot at all? We’ll use the Plotting Circle to get your story into shape, whether you normally outline your book or if you would rather let the characters to do the plotting or even if you want to do as little plotting as possible.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; How do you know if you’re going in the right direction with your plot? What about subplots? What do you need to know about how to end your book? What if you’re writing a series and need to leave things undone? This class looks at the overall book and how to make certain you don’t shortchange your readers but that you also leave some questions for the next go-round. We’ll also look at ways to make certain all the plotting elements are in place in your storyline and get an introduction to building a story board.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; We’ll go from coming up with a great beginning all the way to writing THE END for your plot.</p><p><br /></p><p><b>Making Your Characters Real - 2/13/2017-03/12/2017</b></p><p><br /></p><p><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </b>Great characters are the foundation of any good story. Learn how to bring your characters to life with one of the co-authors of two books on creating memorable characters. Find out how you can come up with heroes and heroines who go from cardboard figures to believable people.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Make them come alive – from selecting just the right name to giving them emotions and quirks that make them individual. Find out how to weave their history into the story and how to help them develop a motivation that can stir the conflict in your book. Learn how to make them grow and change to achieve a believable ending.</p><p><b>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </b>This class can help you develop characters for all genres and teach you lessons that you can learn and use in every story you write. We’ll also look at how to create better villains and how to make secondary characters more than an afterthought. Learn everything you need to know about characters and their place in your stories.</p><p><br /></p><p><b>Let’s Write a Story – 03/20/2017-04/16/17</b></p><p><br /></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Once you have a plot and characters you should be all set to write that next best seller, right? Wrong! A boring beginning or a flat ending can leave your readers throwing the book at the wall or eager to write up a nasty review.&nbsp;&nbsp; Writing a book that can have readers eagerly awaiting your next project should be your goal and there are certain things you need to know to make your story come alive on the pages.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; In this class we’ll look at how to turn your character charts and plotting plans into an actual book composed of scenes, chapters and pages. We’ll pay special attention to writing openings that grab the reader and introducing your characters and their problems. We’ll touch on writing dialogue that sparkles and settings that are more than laundry lists. We’ll look at ways to make your characters come alive without getting bogged down in back story.</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Learn about how to fight that sagging middle and how to keep the pace going from bang up beginnings to the exciting ending. From the opening scene, we’ll look at how to make your characters grow and bring about the ending that will have readers putting your book down with a sigh and looking forward to your next story.</p>
    Other events or classes in this series:
    <ul>
    <li>Let’s Keep it Short – Writing Short Stories and Novellas</li>
    <li>Synopsis Writing with the Plotting Wheel</li>
    <li>Let’s Edit! Putting the Finishing Touches on Your Story</li>
    <li>Writing Romantic Suspense</li>
    <li>From Beginning to End – Let’s Pace your Story</li>
    <li>Ideas to Plots to Pages</li>
    </ul>
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Recent Reviews

  1. lrdavis
    lrdavis
    5/5,
    Becky Martinez's course on writing got me started and took me from zero knowledge to confidence in my plotting and development. Her character sheets are what I use for EVERY character--still. It forms the basis of my story bible.