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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: Part 1 of 2: GWW Ch 11 – The Business of Writing: Driving Yourself Nuts for Fun and Profit

Please note the slight time change, arrive at 6 pm, and be ready to roll into our study by 6:15! 6:00 – 6:15: Social 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. 6:15 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Part 1 of 2:  GWW Ch 11 – The Business of Writing:  Driving Yourself Nuts for Fun and Profit Tonight we’re wrapping things up with the last chapter of our text:  Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Writing Fiction. “The writing life.  Why do so many crave it?  Few professions hold the degree of uncertainty that writers endure.  The emotional and financial ups and downs are extreme.  Nevertheless, I’ve yet to go to a party where nine out of ten people — successful, rational people — don’t want to be writers. “If you’re reading this, then I assume you […]

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The Seven Deadly Elements of a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Elevator Pitch

Last night we learned about The Seven Deadly Elements of a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Elevator Speech (Pitch).  We learned that it doesn’t really matter whether you’re pitching an idea to the boss in big business or pitching your novel to a literary agent.  The key elements remain the same.  When you pitch your work to a literary agent, you’re selling both yourself and your work.  The purpose is generally the same for everyone:  Publish your work.  Your approach should be unique, either counterintuitive or innovative, that sets you apart from others.  You should clearly introduce yourself and your work, along with how you can help the agent’s own success.  Demonstrate to them that you have done your homework by starting a dialogue, rather than chasing them away.  If they ask, “Tell me more,” then reply with a short story that defines your history and accomplishments, phrasing both in the context of the […]