Monday, November 07, 2011

B-day: Behind the Book, Blasting Through Blah

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.

1 comment:

  1. I wish I had the time for this course Donna! Sounds great.
    On to Petticoats to see what you're up to ;) besides the great writing you do. LOL.