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  1. Landra Graf

    Discussion Thank you!

    This is a wrap on the 5 W's of conflict. Happy Memorial Day to those who celebrate. I wanted to say thank up to all those who shared their stories, their conflicts, and thoughts during this class. I learned a lot from you all and I hope this information helped you as you go on to write your...
  2. Landra Graf

    Discussion Conflict Brainstorming!

    Happy Saturday everyone, We're in the homestretch and this is probably my favorite part of a class, brainstorming. I love generating ideas, even if they aren't always used, and discussing story possibilities. So here's your opportunity to brainstorm with us. From macro to micro, list where...
  3. Landra Graf

    Discussion Friday is Catch Up day!

    It's the Friday post, and this day is just for catch up. Some folks have day jobs and endless amounts of other things. So I'm going to let everyone catch up with the discussions, the homework. I'll still log in and comment back on things. Then let's gear up for Conflict Brainstorming Time...
  4. Landra Graf

    Homework Homework #4: When and Where Analysis

    This next piece of homework is for thinking about the when and where. For plotters, who haven't started writing, you may already have notes jotted for what needs to be in chapters. For those with completed books this might be easier to work through. For my pantsers, who go with the flow, you...
  5. Landra Graf

    Discussion The When and Where of Conflict

    The last 2 W's are the When and the Where. When should conflict occur? Throughout your story. Each chapter involves some sort of small conflict, usually with it's own resolution. Example: Chapter 1 of Harry Potter (and I know this has been overused, but the majority of people recognize it)...
  6. Landra Graf

    Homework Homework #3: What is Conflicting

    Take your characters from your latest work (your previous example is fine as well) List out their goal and who/what is directly opposing it. Is the conflict strong? Weak? Or confusing? Reminder: If nothing is stopping your character from reaching their goal, then what is your story about...
  7. Landra Graf

    Discussion The What of Conflict

    Let's backtrack for a second because conflict is confusing, right? You're plotting a story or working your way through pantsing but it's all no longer making sense. You ask yourself what the hell is conflict anyway? Conflict, per the Merriam-Webster dictionary, when used as a verb, means to be...
  8. Landra Graf

    Homework Homework #2: Characters and their goals

    List the main characters in your book, and 1 goal each character has. This is preparation for Day 3’s homework, as the lessons/homework will start building on each other from here. Things to think about as you type these goals: Are they measurable? Can the character physically reach the goal...
  9. Landra Graf

    Discussion The Who of Conflict

    This is a question that may seem obvious, but sometimes gets missed. Who, or which, characters should have conflict in a story? All the main characters. If your character is on the page and we get to be in their head, they need conflict. Conflict itself is listed as one of the main three...
  10. Landra Graf

    Homework Homework #1: Conflict Description

    Post your own or another author's book description (tweet, Facebook post, Instagram) that showcases good conflict description. This can be a link as well. I want you to credit the work of authors you may be inspired by. Might help me find my next read too. Call out what the conflict is in the...
  11. Landra Graf

    Discussion The Why of Conflict

    Why conflict? When a story lacks conflict it typically falls flat. For romance writers/readers conflict comes from why a couple can't be together. For mystery or thriller stories it's about catching a killer or solving a crime. Once a couple has nothing keeping them apart, the crime is solved...
  12. Landra Graf

    Discussion Course Intro

    Hi everyone! Welcome to my class 5 W's of Conflict. The idea for this class came about from my plotting course, as I noticed a common theme during plotting that kept emerging... a lack of conflict. Conflict drives stories forward, as I mentioned in the class description. Typically, whenever an...
  13. Landra Graf

    Discussion Thank you and here we come NaNoWriMo

    I know we have a few days left of this class, but I wanted to throw this message out a little early because... writing is hard. Getting feedback from someone you don't know is even harder. For writers, feedback can be discouraging and feel like a thousand little knife cuts, and from personal...
  14. Landra Graf

    Homework Homework #7 - Act Four Feedback

    If you would like feedback on your completed Act Four plot outline you can post to this thread - Due by EOD 10/22 for feedback, will be provided by EOD 10/23
  15. Landra Graf

    Homework Homework #6 - Act Three Plotting

    If you would like feedback on your completed Act Three plot outline you can post to this thread - Due by EOD 10/21 for feedback, will be provided by EOD 10/22
  16. Landra Graf

    Homework Homework #5 - Act Two Feedback

    If you would like feedback on your completed Act Two plot outline you can post to this thread - Due by EOD 10/20 for feedback, will be provided by EOD 10/21.
  17. Landra Graf

    Homework Homework #4 - Act One Feedback

    If you would like feedback on your completed Act One plot outline you can post to this thread - Due by EOD 10/19 for feedback, will be provided by EOD 10/20
  18. Landra Graf

    Discussion Plotting Act Four Lecture: Read by 10/21

    *Suggested read by dates are so you don't get behind in the class material (in case you want feedback on anything or if you have questions). They are all broken up and now it's time to realize they were dumb. Whatever is keeping them apart isn't worth giving up on love for. Now they choose to...
  19. Landra Graf

    Discussion Plotting Act Three Lecture: Read by 10/20

    *Suggested read by dates are so you don't get behind in the class material (in case you want feedback on anything or if you have questions). Midway point they’ve hit the high of possibilities and then now it’s time to go down the opposite side of the rollercoaster to crash and burn. Everything...
  20. Landra Graf

    Discussion Plotting Act Two Lecture: read by 10/19

    *Suggested read by dates are so you don't get behind in the class material (in case you want feedback on anything or if you have questions). Okay, the hero and heroine are stuck in the thick of it, it’s time to re-enforce why they can’t be together and start breaking down the walls and heading...