2-B DYNAMIC PLOTTING
CONNIE'S FEB/MARCH/APRIL BOOTCAMP START DATES
Continuing the Four Pillars of Structure
Some people believe that stories come from a magical realm and simply float down to some lucky writers. But could it be possible that given a character with a goal who faces conflict that you can give them situations that make your story sing? This course shows you how.
- The Story Question
- Four Act Structure
- Eight Major Plot Points
- Making It a Page Turner
Structuring scenes for maximum impact is the third pillar of story structure. You'll leave this course knowing where and when to place a scene and how to connect each scene for ease of flow and maximum impact.
- The Principles of Cause and Effect
- Control Actions Scenes, Control the Reader
- Reaction Must Be Given Its Due
- Transitioning from Action to Reaction . . . and Back Again
Without conflict there is no story. But what is conflict and how does it affect character and plot? It stems from the obstacles to the character's goal and from the consequences of character action. This course will focus on escalating obstacles and consequences until conflict sizzles on every page.
- External Conflict
- Extreme Differences
- How Plot Pressures Characters
- The Action Arc
2-P DEEPENING CHARACTERIZATION - begins Feb 11
LINDA'S FEB/ MARCH/APRIL BOOTCAMP START DATES
Continuing the Techniques of the Pros
How your character acts in any given situation is based on multiple variables. Here you'll learn what they are and how to use them to make your characters leap off the page.
- Character Arcs
- Values and beliefs
- Deep Point of View
Have you ever been so excited about a story that it almost seems to write itself...and then somewhere after the third chapter it stops dead? If so it's probably because your conflict is static. This workshop examines what makes your conflict dynamic...and what to do to make your story move along naturally...with high drama.
- External situations and internal conflict
- Static conflicts vs dynamic conflicts
- High Drama
Do you ever wonder what makes a good story great? Why we remember some stories and not others? In this workshop we examine layering and subplot development and their use in taking a story from okay to outstanding.
- High concept plots vs character driven plots
- Weaving in subplots