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  1. TereMichaels

    Homework Day 3 - Emotional Arc Elevator Pitch!

    After you read today's lecture, share your character's elevator emotional arc pitch! 1-2 sentences. No other explanation!!
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    Discussion Day 3 - Quick or Slow

    As a consumer, think about your favorite stories, series, movies, plays, etc. Do you prefer a longer introduction of the character or do you like it when the action begins on page 1? Now think of your favorite characters, specifically. What are your favorite scenes of theirs? Are they...
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    Lecture Day 3 - Act I

    Good morning! Today we are going to talk about "Act I" of our stories. These are the opening chapters, where we introduce our world, our characters, and the plot. For structural purposes, I'm using the Hero's Journey. Your emotional arcs do not have to follow the HF exactly, nor do they need to...
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    Homework Day 3 - Building Your Main Character(s) World

    Think about your main character(s) Intimate Circle. Who are the people closest to them? Who surrounds them? Do these people truly KNOW the main character? What is their secret side, and who in their circle is aware of it?
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    Discussion Day 3 - World building With People

    I love a good sense of time and place in a story, where I can sink into the worldbuilding. Maybe it's historical, maybe it's futuristic or maybe it's just a place I haven't been before and am fascinated by. That sense of time and place is reinforced by the people (or non-people!) forming the...
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    Lecture Day 3 - The Rich Tapestry

    Good morning! I hope your brains are percolating about supporting characters - yours, ones you've liked or disliked as a reader/consumer. As always, I hope my classes boil down to a tool for your writer's toolbox, something you can take from project to project. We are always learning as...
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    Homework Day 3 - Build A Baddie

    Starting with whatever Core Wound you want, give me a character sketch of an antagonist. Doesn't have to be a destroyer of worlds or a serial killer! Just whatever type of character would appear in a story of yours, as the "baddie." Have fun!
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    Discussion Day 3 - Opposites Attract

    This is probably one of the most popular tropes in books, movies, and television. It's the core of romantic comedy. Rarely do we see instant attraction without the accompanying misunderstandings or bristling. Why do you think this is so popular? What do people connect with this scenario?
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    Lecture Day 3 - Clash of the Titans

    Missing Puzzle Piece: Core Wounds (This lecture is property of Tere Michaels – please do not reproduce without credit.) Good morning! I hope everyone is doing well, reading along, and getting some helpful information! Today I'm going to Clash of the Titans Core Wounds influence our...
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    Homework Day Three - How Long Is This Journey?

    So today I talked about cliffhangers and series. Let me ask YOU. Are you writing a series? Are you writing a standalone? Do you anticipate cliffhangers? What does your project look like right now? Are you still working out which answer is correct for this project? Why?
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    Lecture Day Three - Cliffhangers: Still an Ending!

    Good morning! I wanted to take a moment to discuss two specific types of endings - the cliffhanger and the individual books in a series. They require a bit of different finessing and attention but they are still endings, and they still require an off-ramp and a plan. Gasp! Let's begin with...
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    Homework Day 3 - Building YOUR World

    Think about your main character(s) Intimate Circle. Who are the people closest to them? Who surrounds them? Do these people truly KNOW the main character? We can imagine a scenario about a man with a big circle of friends and family but living a secret life. Is the person who knows him best...
  13. TereMichaels

    Discussion Day 3 - The Rich Tapestry

    I love a good sense of time and place in a story, where I can sink into the worldbuilding. Maybe it's historical, maybe it's futuristic or maybe it's just a place I haven't been before and am fascinated by. That sense of time and place is reinforced by the people (or non-people!) forming the...
  14. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 3 - Rounding Out the Cast

    Good morning! I hope your brains are percolating about supporting characters - yours, ones you've liked or disliked as a reader/consumer. As always, I hope my classes boil down to a tool for your writer's toolbox, something you can take from project to project. We are always learning as...
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    Discussion Day 3 - To Immediate Action or To Not Immediate Action

    As a consumer, think about your favorite stories, series, movies, plays, etc. Do you prefer a longer introduction of character or do you like it when the action begins on page 1? Now think of your favorite characters, specifically. What are your favorite scenes of theirs? Are they...
  16. TereMichaels

    Homework Day 3 - Elevator Emotional Arc Pitch!

    After you read today's lecture, share your character's elevator emotional arc pitch! 1-2 sentences. No other explanation!!
  17. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 3 - Act I

    Good morning! Today we are going to talk about "Act I" of our stories. These are the opening chapters, where we introduce our world, our characters, and the plot. For structural purposes, I'm using the Hero's Journey. Your emotional arcs do not have to follow the HF exactly, nor do they need to...
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    Lecture Day 3 - Clash of the Titans

    (Sorry for the delay! I'm actually dealing with Shingles at the moment and it was a pretty bad evening/morning. I'm here now!) Missing Puzzle Piece: Core Wounds Instructor: Tere Michaels (This lecture is property of Tere Michaels – please do not reproduce without credit.) Clash of the...