Summer Series ~ June / July / AugustDiscovering Your Novel
All summer our focus is the craft and process of writing.
M.A. Lee shares the various stages of Discovering Your Novel. We look at the Foundations, Visioning, Analysis, and Revision & pPublishing stages that bring a novel into the world.
The Focus for July ~ Envisioning
Time to Envision the whole story we want to tell. We need true clarity in our crystal ball. What do we envision?
7/7 ~ Envision the Plot >> the whole story, not the 7 main scenes. Plot Category with elements; exercises for writing improvement
7/14 ~ Envision the World >> Basic World, Stomping Grounds, Backstory, World Building nuts and bolts
7/21 ~ Envision Secondaries and More >> BFFs or not, foils and obstacles, minions of evil
7/28 ~ Envision other Characters and Your Writing >> additional side characters, walk-ons and cameos; launch and novel openings, writers’ block and more.
The Focus for June ~ Foundations
6/1 ~ Introduction >> What makes writing successful? The discipline of work, through persistence, completion, learning craft, and disciplined devotion
6/2 ~ Foundations A: Pick >> story / genre / protagonist / antagonist / tagline or theme
6/9 ~ Foundations B: Sketch >> story / the protagonist’s introduction / the antagonist’s introduction / the setting’s introduction / background
6/16 and 6/23 ~ Foundations C, in two parts: Know >>
Part 1: beginning / the protagonist’s dearest desire / ending/ greatest stress point / the protagonist’s nadir
Part 2: the protagonist’s zenith / early win by evil / final battle / early twist for the protagonist / the betrayal of the protagonist
6/30 ~ Foundations D: Build >> Set us the Manuscript’s foundation: for paperback and ebook / format / MS basics (how to type it), front matter / back matter / the masterbook
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- Summer Series :: writing craft
- April into May focus :: Write a Book in a Month / Writing Challenge and Result
- Winter series :: Think like a Pro
- November 2020 :: What’s in a Name
- Write the Novel / Edit, Proof, Publish
- What’s Horrifying for Writers (Halloween week)
- Newbie Mistakes and Notta Mistakes, including the inaugural episode on Oct. 6, 2020.