Tag: Dwight V. Swain

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 16:  The Dynamics of Disbelief

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 16:  The Dynamics of Disbelief How do you cope when readers don’t believe in your characters and stories?  You plug the gaps where belief leaks out. When an editor says, “There’s something wrong with your characters,” it’s a huge blow.  You feel like you might have to rewrite your entire book!  Either that, or ditch it and move on to the next project. All is not lost, however, particularly if you have Swain’s checklist of Seven Major Categories where the bulk of most flaws fall.  By knowing what to look for and how to fix it, you can largely repair even significant errors in your current novel while avoiding these pitfalls in your future works. Join us as we cover this most important chapter! Homework:  Read Chapter 16 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach […]

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 15:  The Character Out Of Time

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 15:  The Character Out Of Time How do you get people to read about characters in unfamiliar worlds?  You provide emotional insight into the world and individuals involved. Historical characters require grounding in the well-known peculiarities of the age.  Characters in the future require a range of attributes, from fascination and wonder to hopelessness and despair.  Contemporary characters need twists, something that kicks them out of the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Throughout, Swain gives us three tricks of the trade for us to use while bringing our characters to brilliant life. Homework:  Read Chapter 15 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality […]

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 11 – The Light Touch

I apologize for the late posting:  I thought I’d already posted this and the remainder of Swain’s chapters.  My bad!  See you tonight. 6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 11 – The Light Touch – How Do You Make a Character Amusing? Humor is a difficult task for most of us.  Even so, we certainly understand humor.  We laugh, don’t we?  In fact, we may understand more about humor than we realize, for if we can make ourselves laugh, we can sure make others find amusement and surprise in our stories. Tonight we’ll investigate Swain’s tips for how to trigger reader assumptions with surprise. Homework:  Read Chapter 10 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at […]

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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: 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: 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 […]