First up - I'm over at Petticoats and Pistols today talking a bit about the inspiration behind HOW A COWBOY STOLE HER HEART. Feel free to drop by for a spell to find out a little more about Clay and Meg - and also for a chance to win a copy!
And I have a workshop called Blasting Through Blah beginning next Monday at Savvy Authors and there is still room to register. The course description is as follows:
Most authors have written a scene that just doesn’t feel quite right, or lacks that certain spark. Saggy middles? Stilted dialogue? Can’t seem to see what’s wrong? This one-week workshop will introduce some fun techniques to blast through the blahs of your manuscript! Come prepared with a work in progress, as each day attendees will try their hand at employing the day’s technique. This is a five part (one week) workshop with assignments for participants. Assignments will not be graded. Target Audience: Mixed. Must have a work in progress ongoing.
Topics covered by this online class will include:
Lesson 1: Say What?
Switching dialogue to tease out motivation and conflict.
Assignment: take a scene and change dialogue attribution
Lesson 2: Get Out Of My Head
Play with POV: the benefit of trying opposite points of view. Assignment: take a scene and change the POV
Lesson 3: Let ‘Em Have It
Holding back on that crucial plot point? Do it now, and let the chips fall where they may. Assignment: introducing a crucial element earlier than planned
Lesson 4: Everyone Can Do With A Change Of Scenery
Moving the scene to a different setting can make all the difference! Assignment: take a scene and put it in a different setting.
Lesson 5: You Big Meanie!
Take away your character’s security blanket. Assignment: examine a scene for what your character wants most – and then take it away.
This day will also be for any lingering questions/observations.
You can register at the Savvy Authors site.