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  1. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #6 The End of the MIddle

    For the past two weeks we’ve been working on how to keep our stories moving forward during the middle of the book and keeping readers engaged. Now we’ve come to the part of the middle where that so-called “sagging middle” should disappear. This is the part where the action and tension should be...
  2. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #5 -- Using Dialogue

    So far we have work on plotting and writing scenes to keep the pace of your story moving along. Today we are going to work on one of the fundamentals of writing your manuscript that is critical but is too often overlooked. While this is a short lesson, it is one that is critical if you want to...
  3. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #4 Fight the Sagging Middle through Pacing

    Haven’t we as authors all heard about the “sagging middle” of a book? That is the one thing that can really pull a reader out of your story. A "sagging middle" can also make the reader want to simply quit and not keep reading until the end. How can you fix that problem? One way to keep the...
  4. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #3 - Developing Your Setting

    While you introduce your setting in the beginning of your book, the middle of the story is where you use that setting and make it work for your story. Whether you are setting your book in today’s Los Angeles or New York or Montana, it’s going to be a whole different world than if you set it on a...
  5. Becky Martinez

    Homework #2 - Character Sketch

    Here is a Character sketch you can download and use to develop your characters.
  6. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #2 - Creating Your Characters

    Today we are going to tackle one of my favorite parts of writing a book – developing characters. To me, the character makes the story. I always say this in my classes – the best plot in the world doesn’t get noticed if the characters don’t bring the story to life. Where would Gone with the Wind...
  7. Becky Martinez

    Homework Homework#1

    Let's get started on your middle by a quick blurb on the beginning. How does your story start? (Using the Plotting Circle) Who are your main characters? What happens to get the story started (Catastrophe)? What is their main goal? (Crusade) Why (Cause) It's okay if you are uncertain...
  8. Becky Martinez

    Lecture Lesson #1 -

    Welcome to our class on writing the middle portion of your novel. This probably sounds like an unnecessary class in some ways… after all, shouldn’t we all be able to write through the middle of a book? We know we want a “grabber” of a first third of the book to draw in your readers and get their...
  9. Becky Martinez

    Discussion Introduction

    Hello and welcome to our class on Writing through the Middle I will post my first lesson in the morning, but I’d like to give you an idea of what we will be covering over the next two weeks. Here is a breakdown of upcoming lessons: 1. Introduction to the MIddle 2. Getting to Know Your...
  10. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #5 - Writing the Opening Scenes

    Now that we’ve looked at beginning your book by developing characters and setting and getting the plot moving, let’s start to examine the process of actually getting those scenes developed. Actually writing the first pages of any book can be challenging. In our last lesson we looked at plotting...
  11. Becky Martinez

    Homework #4 - Beginning the Plot

    What is your Inciting Incident or Catastrophe? (what changes your character's regular world and starts the story)
  12. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #4 Beginning the Plot

    Last week we began to put our story ideas into action by putting them through the 5 Ws, Who, What, When, Where and Why and looking at characters and setting. Now let’s take the next step by starting to actually plot your book. To do that I always use a device that is near and dear to my heart...
  13. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #3 Setting the Scene

    Now that we’ve covered introducing the characters for your story we’re going to start building the some of the framework for the beginning of the story itself. One of the big problems writers encounter is going from an idea to actually getting the story written down. They have a great premise...
  14. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #2 - Starting with Characters

    No matter what sort of story you are writing, from a series to a short story, to me, the book or story always begins with characters. They are simply the heart and soul of any good book. Wooden characters cam doom the best plot, while dynamic characters can bring to life the simplest plot...
  15. Becky Martinez

    Homework #1 The Starting Point

    Let's get started! What story do you plan to work on in this class? Can you tell us a little about the idea itself? We're going to develop the beginning so don't worry if you don't have lots of details. A simple statement of what your story is will work just fine.
  16. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #1 - Getting Started

    Lesson 1 - Getting Started Welcome to our class on how to begin writing your novel. This can seem like an overwhelming task. You may start out with a story idea, or a plot idea, or even with the location. But then, what next? How do you go from that simple beginning to getting the actual...
  17. Becky Martinez

    Discussion Welcome

    Welcome to our class on Great Beginnings. I am your instructor Becky Martinez and I will post the first lesson shortly. Please check in, let me know what you write and where you're from and what you might like to know about the class. I will post the first lesson shortly. Just to let you...
  18. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #10 Selling the Series

    For the past few weeks we have been working on writing the series, but one of the main reasons for writing a series is to sell it to your readers. One of the most important parts of writing is the selling process. Yes, it’s true that this is one of the least favorite parts each writer faces, but...
  19. Becky Martinez

    Lecture The Next Book

    As we get close to the end of our class on writing a series, let’s look at that next book. After all, a series is NOT a series if you don’t complete the next book in the line. Some authors choose to loosely plot or determine what their next book will be while others might write a series that is...
  20. Becky Martinez

    Lecture #8 The Editing Process

    We’ve been working on writing a series and how to write each book. Now we are ready to focus on the editing process necessary for every book. Those finishing touches that can make your book different from other books out there – let’s look at the editing process. As editors read a book they...