1. TereMichaels

    Craft Making a Good First Impression: The First Five Chapters with Tere Michaels

    Your opening chapters are a book’s first date with a reader! They’re going to make decisions on if this is the right match for them based on their first impressions. So how do we write engaging, enticing, informative first chapters that set up your story, your characters and keep readers...
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    Discussion Week Three Lesson Five

    Internal Dialogue There is a difference between internal dialogue and internal monologue. Monologue is the character thinking to themselves as they sort through a problem or their feelings toward a certain person or situation. Although monologue is narration, the reader is still in the...
  3. Beth Daniels

    Genre Writing the Paranormal Mystery with Beth Daniels

    What do you do when the victim or perpetrator of a crime isn't exactly fully human anymore...or maybe never was? Definitely a conundrum for your sleuth or the cops! Be they vampire, werebeing, zombie, mage, demon, old god, troll, elf, or what have you, this is the workshop that takes them on and...
  4. 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...
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    Discussion Week Two Lesson Four

    Here are some more tips to consider on how to write dialogue. Don’t Overuse Character Names For some reason, many writers use character names in dialogue to identify for the reader who is who. In this example, overusing character names in dialogue is not realistic. The characters know who they...
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    Discussion Week Two Exercise Two

    Exercise II: In order to keep all your characters from sounding the same, they each need their own voice. As the author you need to know them so well you can hear the way they talk in your head. James Scott Bell, in his book, How to Write Dazzling Dazzling Dialogue suggests creating a voice...
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    Discussion Week Two Lesson Three

    How To Write Dialogue You may sometimes have to do a bit of research in order to gain a better understanding of how your characters might speak. For my character Johnny in Lost Hearts, I read two books on the mountain dialects of people from Appalachia and the Ozarks. I have books on the old...
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    Discussion Week One Lesson Two

    Good morning All, Here are a few more reasons we write dialogue. I'll be back later this morning reply to posts from yesterday. Show Growth I couldn’t find an example for this as it’s hard to pinpoint growth to a line or two of dialogue. Just remember your character arc. Your character...
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    Discussion Welcome

    Dialogue—How to Write Page-Turning Dialogue 2021 October Workshop presented on-line for Savvy Authors Welcome All, Thank you for joining me for this on-line workshop, Page-Turning Dialogue. I hope to make this a fun class with lots of discussion. Feel free to offer your suggestions or tips...
  10. Brenda Chin

    Craft Build A Book with Brenda Chin

    A six-week course outlining step-by-step instructions on crafting a work of fiction. Students of this course will receive feedback after Week 1, and after Week 6, as well as receiving a 20% discount on Brenda Chin’s freelance editing services, if they choose to take their work further...
  11. Stevens7_2000-yahoo.ie

    Genre How to Craft Your Mystery Short Story with Steve Shrott

    Learn the three parts of a mystery and where to include what and when. Steve will show you how to outline and use free writing techniques to craft a winning mystery short. What makes a good mystery, and how to be an idea machine. How to craft openings that hook your reader, and twist endings...
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    Genre Shifters, Vampires, and Witches, Oh My - Writing Paranormal Romance with Chris Redding

    In this two-week course, you’ll learn the basics of writing paranormal romance. You’ll learn the tropes of each type of paranormal romance, where you must adhere to the guidelines, and where you can push the envelope. Let’s take an exciting journey through the writing of other-wordly beings who...
  13. TashaHutchison

    Lecture Testing

    I hope I'm doing this correctly? Thanks you guys.
  14. Sunny Irene Roth

    Plot-Structure Write the Perfect Short Story with Irene Roth

    Did you ever want to write a short story but never knew where to start? Do you love stories and tell yourself stories from time to time? Do you think in terms of stories? Do you love reading short stories in the Chicken Soup Series? If you answered any of these questions in the affirmative...
  15. Deborah Bailey

    World-Setting Fairy Tale Retellings with Deb Bailey

    Fairy tale retellings are very popular for a reason. They use tropes and characters that we're familiar with. For instance, the Cinderella story is a common one across cultures and centuries. Learn how to use these familiar and beloved characters in stories and give them a different twist. 1...
  16. Beth Daniels

    World-Setting CGI Your Story with Beth Daniels

    CGI Your Story: Use The Visuals Of The Movie World To Inspire Your Story, Be It Fantasy Or A Non-magic Using Tale Presenter: Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell Do your eyes grow large, your mouth hang open in awe when you sit in a movie theatre or stream a movie at home...
  17. CassandraCarr

    Editing Layering as an Editing Tool with Multi-Published Author Cassandra Carr

    Have you ever finished the first draft of a book and thought it was missing something, but you weren't sure what? That "what" is probably layering - the process of adding details to your story, from character traits to body language to descriptions of the environment surrounding your story. Each...
  18. Paris Wynters

    Character Body Language for Writers with Paris Wynters

    Body language is a key ingredient in correctly conveying the emotion you need to add power to your story. This class will teach writers how to use body language to make their characters stronger and more real so they become more than talking heads.
  19. 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...
  20. 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...