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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Ch 5

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 5:   Grab a cup of Agia Sophia’s world class coffee, maybe a food from their menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. Tonight we’ll be cracking open Chapter 5 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People. Join us this evening as we learn more about Dwight Swain’s masterful techniques. Rabid Trails:  I may also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are: The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by Andrew McAleer Writing Down the Bones:  Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative […]

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 5 – Introduce Your Main Character

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 5 – Introduce Your Main Character Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… Last Friday we covered Swain’s Creating Characters, reviewing how important it is to craft our characters’ labels as they’re introduced. Tonight, we’ll be learning how to introduce our main character. Homework:  Print a single page (one side only) of your own main character’s introduction.  We will use this during our discussion. Side Trails:  We will also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are: – The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by […]

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Ch 3 – Labels, Labels

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 3:  Labels, Labels Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… Last Friday we enjoyed Dinner and a Movie! Tonight we’ll be cracking open Chapter 3 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People.  We’ll be answering the question as to “Why do you label a character,” and showing how to provide your reader with clues as to how he or she can recognize your story people. Rabid Trails:  I may also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are: The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by […]

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 2

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 2:  Searching Out Your Characters Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… Last Friday we covered Chapter 3 of Gerke’s First 50 Pages, where once again, we revisited key elements of Mastering the Craft. Tonight we’ll be cracking open Chapter 2 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People.  “Building a character begins with deciding which character to build.”  One can’t template a character and expect good things.  Although knowing the character archetypes described by Vogler in “The Writer’s Journey” can be very helpful, your character must feel right and sit well with you.  You’re looking for a character “who both fits your story’s requirements and excites you.”  “Finding a character means personifying — that is, giving human form […]

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The Craft: Motivation Reaction Units

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Motivation Reaction Units Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… Last Friday we covered Chapter 1 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People.  If you have not yet purchased it, please follow the link to the left and do so.  It’s only about $8 used, and $17 new.  The Kindle version is Tonight, Scotty will be covering Motivation-Reaction Units, a vital component of bringing vibrant characters to life.Motivation-Reaction Units, or MRUs, are a basic small-scale structure of fiction, on the level of sentences or paragraphs. They’re the micro-structure of the scene. You are already using MRUs, even if you never knew what they were called. They are everywhere in fiction. They help pace dialog and action, and are especially good with high-action, such as a fight scene. […]

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 1

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 1 Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… Last Friday we covered Chapter 2 of Gerke’s First 50 Pages. Tonight we’ll be cracking open Chapter 1 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People.  I passed out the book information last week, but in case you haven’t ordered it yet, please do, and do not worry about coming empty-handed for the first night!  I’ll have some handouts on which you can take notes.  🙂 Author:  Dwight V. Swain Title:  Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People Paperback (1/16/2008):  <— This is your best bet! ISBN-10:0806139188 ISBN-13:978-0806139180 Kindle:  (11/28/2012):  Amazon ASIN:  B00AHYAVBC  <— Second best bet, preferable if you like the electronic book format. I will also be reading short […]