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    Writing Life Reality Based Planning - Going Beyond Writing Goals to Writing Plans for 2021 with Terri Main

    It's that time again. We are just a few weeks from the year 2021. At this point, many writers are looking back at the previous year and asking themselves "Why did I fail to complete all those things I planned to complete this year?" In all probability, you looked at writing as something that is...
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    Craft Content Editing with Terri Main

    In between macro-editing (developmental editing) and proofreading for mechanical errors lies Content editing. Macro editing focuses on the novel as a whole and the structure of entire multi-chapter segments at times. Proofreading focuses on the necessary minutia of grammar, punctuation and...
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    Craft Macro-Editing: Become Your Own Plot Doctor with Terri Main

    Once you have written your first draft, you know you are not done. You understand that you need to fix everything from plot holes to punctuation. The starting point is Macro-Editing - Editing the Big Picture. Many spend $1000s on Book Doctors, Finishers, and Developmental Editors to do this work...
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    Craft Novel Writing 101: Worldbuilding with Terri Main

    It's a term often used in science fiction, but every writer even those writing Amish romances create a world in which their readers live, work, play, fall in love, fall out of love, and do all sorts of marvelous things. This course explores those elements of world building common to all types of...
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    Craft Scenes: The Building Blocks of Story with Terri Main

    The basic building blocks of a story are scenes. Your story can be described as a series of scenes. Each scene is a small story in and of itself. Learning to build compelling scenes is essential to learning to write an effective story, novel, or dramatic performance. A note about this course...
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    Craft Understanding Story Structure and Plot with Terri Main

    When we come to discussing plot, most of the time the discussion veers into a question about how to go about plotting. We have wagon wheels, heroes on journeys, snowflakes growing in a fractal universe and all sorts of other techniques. Often, it is a debate between planning approaches. Do you...
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    Craft Become your own Plot Doctor with Terri Main

    Once you have written your first draft, you know you are not done. You understand that you need to fix everything from plot holes to punctuation. The starting point is Macro-Editing - Editing the Big Picture. Many spend $1000s on Book Doctors, Finishers, and Developmental Editors to do this work...
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    Character Developing Characters from the Inside Out with Terri Main

    A story might be defined as somebody in some location has a goal, but something gets in the way of achieving that goal. Whether the story is a love story or an action-adventure Zombie Apocalypse novel, the character is always at the center of the story. Plot is determined by the choices your...
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    Craft Developing a Premise and a Story Arc with Terri Main

    We combine Premise and Story Arc into the first course. The premise forms the foundation and a way to test the story idea which leads to creating a story arc. Here's the description of the course: You have an idea for a novel, but it takes more than a vague idea to have a viable story premise...
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    Craft Novel Writing Series with Terri Main

    It’s 2020. Can you believe that? Well, maybe you can, but for some of us that’s the future we read about in dime novels that actually were sold for a dime. Those novels created the future we expected to see. Now, it’s your turn to step up and write the novel that shapes someone’s world. Whether...
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    Craft EZ Peasy Manuscript Formatting for Kindle Ebook and Print Publishing with Terri Main

    Digital publishing of ebooks and print-on-demand paperbacks has revolutionized publishing. Individuals and small publishers can now publish directly to the reader through online bookstores. The primary force behind this has been Amazon and its Kindle Direct Publishing. Today, publishing a book...
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    Craft Write and Publish a Short Nonfiction Book in 30 Days or Less with Terri Main

    If you think a nonfiction book has to be 300 pages long and researched over years, you have missed the quiet revolution in publishing. Many authors are creating and publishing short nonfiction books every month. I’ve actually done it in a week as a challenge. In this course you will learn how...
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    Craft Power Words and Phrasing with Terri Main

    Language has power, but it needs to be used well. Consider President John F. Kennedy’s famous statement “Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country.” It’s not just the sentiment that is important, but the wording. It wouldn’t be the same if he had said, “Don’t...
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    Business Web Design with WordPress 5.0 with Terri Main

    If you have used WordPress to build your website or blog, there are changes coming. In a major update, the classic page/post edition has been radically changed. Before upgrading to WordPress 5.0 or if your webserver has automatically updated, you need to know how to design your website using the...
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    Craft Sentence Structure with Terri Main

    Sentence Structure. The foundation of your writing is the sentence. How you construct those sentences can make the difference between your story or book plodding along and holding the interest of your reader. This course will discuss the basics of sentence structure. Topics include: The three...