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  1. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 14 - Recapping!

    Hello! We're almost finished with this course (boo!) and I hope you've gained some tools to help you as you move forward in your writing life! Later today, I will post a PDF for you to download with all the lectures in one handy place. My only request is that you don't post it on the Internet...
  2. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 13 - One Last Push Towards the End

    Today we're going to take our characters to their justifiable reward. Sunday, I will post the link to the PDF of this class and again, get those questions in! Today - the second Test no one was expecting. (Like a pop quiz that turns out to be the final and 90% of your grade.) On the Road...
  3. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 12 - And the Road Continues...

    We are resuming our journey today! Don't worry if you're still crafting your characters and deciding on your plot, etc. etc. At the end of this class, I'll be putting all the lectures together in a PDF for you to have when you move on to the next steps. Let's consult our maps and continue...
  4. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 10 - Practical Advice

    Good morning! Consider this a "taking the temp" day, a moment to look over your current WIP, project you're trying to finish after a long hiatus or a new story you're itching to write. Here is the best piece of advice I can share, as an author and as a pro plot whisperer and developmental...
  5. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 9 - Fear, Lies and the Elephant in the Room

    Good morning! Today I'm going to talk about your character(s) biggest obstacle/s as they move through Act II and their Emotional Arc. This is the meaty part of the story when we are having our character(s) face what scares them the most. Our plot is the vehicle the character(s) take from the...
  6. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 8 - Keeping the End in Sight

    Good morning! We've been at this for a full week already - I hope you've found some tips and tools to include in your writer's toolbox! I fixed the numbering of days mistake I made yesterday. Sorry about that. And now, onto Day 8. The End (or at least a version of it) We are now into Act II...
  7. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 7 - Tests, Allies and Enemies

    Good morning! I just realized that Thanksgiving is this week (for those in the US, and those who celebrate) and time might be a bit crunchy. So I'm going to switch up a bit of my planning and continue the regular lectures until Wednesday, post my Id exercise on Thursday (since that is just a bit...
  8. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 5 - Is Your Plot a Ferrari or a Scooter?

    Good morning! Today we're going to start moving into Act II and discussing the plot. What does that have to do with Emotional Arcs? Well, your plot is the vehicle your characters use to experience and move through their Arcs. The plot is how they learn and grow (fall then rise) or lose their...
  9. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 4 - An Emotions Interlude

    Good morning! Before we move into Act II, I wanted to take a moment to discuss the "emotions" part of the Emotional Arc. The universality of emotion and the inner journey of your characters bridge the gap between fiction and feeling. This is your reader's passport to adventure. Emotional arcs...
  10. 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...
  11. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 2 - The Building Blocks of the Emotional Arc

    Good Morning! And welcome to Day 2. We are going to cover a bit more about a list of questions (to ask yourself) I posted yesterday. A whole should have a beginning, middle, and an end… A well-constructed plot … must neither begin nor end at haphazard. Aristotle I ask the pantsers amongst us...
  12. Landra Graf

    Discussion Character Development Lecture: Part 2 - Read by 10/20/21

    *Suggested read by dates are so you don't get behind in the class material (in case you are wanting feedback on anything or if you have questions). This is the second presentation on Character Development, covering the wounds, fatal flaw, traits, and backstory. Here is some additional...
  13. Landra Graf

    Discussion Character Development Lecture: Part 1 - Read by 10/19/21

    *Suggested read by dates are so you don't get behind in the class material (in case you are wanting feedback on anything or if you have questions). So we begin! It starts with Character Development. Attached is the first of two presentations on character development. Here is some additional...
  14. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 14 - Final Class

    Hello! Today is our last class. I hope you've gotten some good information out of the past two weeks, and can take some of my ideas into your work. I wish you good words and a happy, content Storyteller going forward. Below is attached a PDF of all the lectures. Please download it for your...
  15. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 14 - Recap

    Good morning! Our final class is tomorrow when I will be posting a PDF of the class for your personal use. I hope you've gotten something from my thoughts and ideas about writing strong supporting characters, and that this class is another tool for your writerly toolbox. :) I am very...
  16. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 12 - Just Say No

    Good morning! We've almost reached the end of our time together. I hope you've gotten a nugget or two of helpfulness to take with you to your next round of writing. Tomorrow I'll do a recap and then Sunday I'll post a PDF of the class for your personal use in the future. Let's get to the...
  17. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 11 - Baddies

    Good Morning! As we're coming to the end of our class on Sunday, I wanted to lay out the schedule a bit. Today, we'll be talking about baddies and the like, and how to keep them from being cartoon villains. Tomorrow, we'll go over "Swiss Army Knife" characters and their counterparts, Mary Sue...
  18. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 10 - George Washington Walks Into A Bar...

    Good morning! Today I'm going to talk a little bit about using real people as characters in your story. Founding Fathers, Secondary Leads I'm looking at you, "Hamilton." When I scan my top ten list of all-time favorite books, I find no less than three with real historical figures as...
  19. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 9 - Perceptions

    Good morning! We are cruising through week two - I hope you've gained some tools and insight to take into your project(s). Today we're going to place our main character(s) into their respective villages - the setting of your book. How they interact with the world around them, and how the...
  20. TereMichaels

    Lecture Day 8 - Sourcing

    Good Morning! (I know it's Monday but we'll go with the vibe...) Let's kick off today with some words about sourcing your supporting characters. But first, a few thoughts about the Storyteller... I think there are two sides to us as authors - the Storyteller and the Writer. The Storyteller has...