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The Craft: The First 50 Page (Gerke) – Ch 3 – Three Bombs

September 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Page (Gerke) – Ch 3 – Three Bombs

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 Motivation Reaction Units, the small-scale structure of a scene.  The motivation is both external objective, something that your character senses, as does the reader through the words of the text.  Both will react, an internal and subjective thing, in a sequence based on what’s physiologically possible, and presented in such a way that your reader experiences it as well, beginning with raw emotion, then instinctual reaction (a reflex), before beginning to react rationally (or irrationally, as sometimes happens).  Only then does the brain kick in.  The key is to keep them in their proper time order, from fastest time-scale to slowest, in order to maintain the illusion of reality.

Tonight, we’ll be covering the Three Bombs:  telling versus showing, point-of-view errors, and weak characters.

You might think we’ve covered this before, and to a limited extent, you’d be right!  But mastering the craft is all about covering the elements again and again, from different angles, so as to learn new things.  For more on this, please see my first draft of Mastering the Craft – Three Perspectives.  We’re still at the rough cut stage, but transitioning smoothly towards better results.  It’s important to keep coming back to most elements of the craft, as that’s the difference between introduction, developing a working knowledge, creating useful work, and finally, mastery.

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 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 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 in the shortest possible time.  Variations resulting from uneven groups include two and four members in a critique group.

Please bring two printed copies of your latest work in the following format:

  • Length:  Up to 6 pages or 1,500 words, whichever comes first.
  • Font:  12-pt Times New Roman.  Courier, bookman, garamond, calibri, etc. are acceptable.
  • Spacing:  double-spaced
  • Margins:  1″ all around
  • Indenting:  indented paragraphs (no additional lines before, after, or between paragraphs)
  • Numbering:  Yes (doesn’t matter where)
  • Scene breaks:  Please show with three number symbols, asterisks, or tildes centered on a line between paragraphs
  • Other:  Please include a short synopsis (no more than half a page) of the story up to the beginning of your selection to help orient your critiquers.

Please refrain from discussions during reading and critique periods.  If you’re not participating in the critique, feel free to hang out and write, but keep things “library” quiet until after all critiques are complete.  Thank you.  🙂

See you there!


September 8, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Agia Sophia
2902 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904 United States