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  1. Peter Andrews

    Plot-Structure Promise of the Premise with Peter Andrews

    What’s your story about? When people ask this question, they are interested in the concept behind it, the idea that makes it intriguing. They want an answer that raises questions and suggests possibilities. As a writer, you want these things, too. After all, if your story’s a novel, you’ll need...
  2. Lucy V Hay

    Plot-Structure How Not To Lose The Plot with Lucy V Hay

    The aim of 'How Not To Lose The Plot' is to help demystify plotting and lay out the process in a straightforward, step-by-step way. This course is for writers who hate outlining or find structure/plotting difficult in general, or perhaps are attempting a novel for the first time. Some more...
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    Plot-Structure Plot Gardening with Ines Johnson

    This course introduces writers to a number of master plots from The Hero’s Journey, to The Save the Cat Method, the Romance Beats, and many more. The aim of this course is for writers to “date” plotting methods until they find the one that works best for them. Writers will even be encouraged to...
  4. Beth Daniels

    Business Keeping the New Releases Coming: Rapid Release for Hybrid & Indie Authors with Beth Daniels

    Once, long ago, back in the halcyon days of decent sized advances – or advances, period! – when many of us snagged contracts that guaranteed we’d have a new book out every year unless we didn’t turn in a book every year, an author could make a living – a meager one, but still a living – with...
  5. Peter Andrews

    Craft Surprises, Secrets and Revelations - Adding Memorable Twists to Your Stories with Peter Andrews

    How do you keep a reader engaged? One tool is using the desire to find out what happens next. That means predictability is the death of stories. Many people will put down a mystery as soon as they figure out whodunit. And “spoilers” that give away turns and plot points in a movie or a TV show...
  6. Deborah Bailey

    Homework Lecture 2

    Homework Even if you haven't done Monday's homework, no problem. :) If you want to catch up, check out the Lecture 1 homework. Answer some or all of the questions. 1. What is your overall story problem (or main conflict) to be resolved for the series? 2. What is the main conflict to be...
  7. Deborah Bailey

    Lecture Lecture 2 - What is the Overall Story Problem to be Resolved?

    Lecture 2 Welcome back to the class! Today we're going to look your story question (also referred to as your story problem) – overall, what is the conflict that will be resolved? What should your reader come away with at the end? What question will be answered (or what problem solved) at the...
  8. CassandraCarr

    Plot-Structure Keep Your Plot Tight with Cassandra Carr

    Every writer, but especially beginning writers, have trouble keeping their plots moving. We've all heard about the "sagging middle" and other gotchas authors run into, but how do you avoid these pitfalls? In this workshop you'll learn tried and true techniques for making sure your reader...
  9. Kate McMurray

    Craft So You Want to Plan a Novel with Kate McMurray

    Writing a good first draft in less time is not so much a matter of typing faster but rather of using your time more efficiently. If you know where you’re going before you start your journey, you’ll get there faster. This means two things. First, plan the story in advance. This doesn’t...
  10. 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...
  11. Ariel Heart

    Plot-Structure Hybrid Pre-Plan Your Best Novel with Ariel Heart

    Do you get into writing and pouring your ideas out onto the page and hit a wall, unsure where your story should go next? Do you have a great idea with a few scenes in mind, but can't picture how to get a full story together? Do you have a few books you have started that sit on your computer...
  12. terrimain

    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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    Special Event GET THAT BOOK WRITTEN: Plot, Write, and Edit the DARN Book! with Jennifer Herrington

    Spend 12 weeks with a freelance editor to plot, write, and edit your romance or mystery book. Please register at least one week before to start on the character development, GMC, and brainstorming for your plot. Come with a story idea and some background to help the plotting process. Two weeks...
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    Lecture Monday

    Monday: 12/16 Slide 1 I’m Hank Quense. I’m an author and a lecturer. I have my own imprint, Strange Worlds Publishing. I’ve sold over 40 short stories and have written ten novels. The material in this workshop is taken from my book Creating Stories. Slide 2 this workshop will be given in...
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    Craft Plot+Scenes=Emotional Arc with Hank Quense

    If you’ve ever sat on the edge of your seat in a movie as the climax unfolds, you have experienced an emotional arc. This class will show students how the plot events create conflict, tension and emotions. When these results are integrated into the scenes, the combination produces the story’s...
  16. Landra Graf

    Plot-Structure Plot a Romance in 2 Weeks with Landra Graf

    Plot a Romance Novel in 2 weeks. Set your book up for success with detailed character outlines that deepen story connection and worldbuilding. You're familiar with some plotting, but still unsure you're taking the right path... learn a structure that's simple to grasp and easy to use for any...
  17. Deborah Bailey

    Craft Use the Heroine’s Journey to Plot Your Novel with Deb Bailey

    Lots of writers have heard of the Hero's Journey, which is based on the work of Joseph Campbell. But there's also a Heroine's Journey, which is based on the story of the Sumerian goddess, Inanna, an epic that describes her descent into the underworld. The heroine’s journey is not so much about...
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    Do you have a story in you? Do you know how to write it or how to tell it? Creating Stories has the answers. Hank Quense, the author of more than twenty books, tells you how to do it.
  19. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 11: Perfecting Writing: Story and Plot

    Lesson 11: Perfecting Writing: Story and Plot Another way to make sure your writing is as close to perfect as possible is to check on the validity of your plot. If the reader describes your story line as being either weak, absent or unclear, then it’s time to focus on the plot. With this in...
  20. Angela Knight

    Lecture Lesson 5: Romantic Conflict as the Spine of the Romance

    Lesson 5: Romantic Conflict as the Spine of the Romance By Angela Knight According to the Romance Writers of America, to qualify as a romance, at least half the page count needs to concern the relationship between the hero and heroine. Even the external conflict isn’t as important. In fact...