Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone!

Below is something I got from Writers Digest Tutorial. I strongly suggest viewing the tutorial. They are very informing. They are made by actual literary agents who know the market and knows what it takes to create a book that sells. They are experts. So please check them out. The tutorials can help improve your writing a lot.

Plot Your Book:  Scene by Scene

imageplaceholderSUE JOHNSON
Writer's Digest Tutorials

Hi Everyone!

Over-plotter, under-plotter? Struggles with plot are common among writers at all levels. This tutorial takes the guess-work out of plotting by teaching you the key scenes that build your plot backbone, providing a refresher on the elements of a scene, and breaking down the specific kinds of scenes you'll need at each of the three key Acts of a novel. Plots, after all, are simply stories comprised of well-placed and stylized scenes.

Jordan E. Rosenfeld brings over a decade of experience in teaching students how to use scenes to transform writing. She believes that scenes are fiction's "magic ingredient" - activating writing so that your readers are drawn palpably into the experience of your character's story, versus the flat habits of summarizing and expository writing. A former freelance journalist, she shows you the difference between passive "telling" of a story and powerful, active demonstrating of a fantastic plot.

If you'd like to simplify the plot process and no longer be overwhelmed by what comes next, so you can focus on the work of writing powerful characters and transformative stories, you won't want to miss this presentation.

In this 56-minute tutorial video, you'll learn:

  • The essential ingredients of a scene
  • The five key "lynchpin" scenes that build your plot backbone
  • The importance of First and Final scenes
  • How a plot is a journey of character transformation
  • Your scenes in three Acts
  • How to add plot information to every scene
Preview: Plot Your Book:  Scene by Scene

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Haven't taken advantage of the wisdom bestowed through the WD tutorials yet? Why not try it out today and see all that our WD tutorials have to offer! You can try WD Tutorials for only $25/month! You will enjoy instant access to 199+ tutorials, including at least one new tutorial added weekly. Also, there are many new tutorials still in development. Feel free to preview the many tutorials immediately available to you through the WD Tutorials site.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, week!

~ Sue Johnson~

P.S. If you missed the last newsletter (or two), be sure to watch these new and featured tutorials:

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I've Written a Book...Now What? Part 2

I've Written a Book...Now What? Part 1

25 Things You Should Do to Grab an Agent's Attention

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Writing and Selling Women's and Book Club Fiction

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Join Glenn M. Benest for
Writing a Strong Middle: Conquering Act Two




Writing a Strong Middle: Conquering Act Two
(January 20, 2015 at 1 pm PT):
This is the tough one. The first act is all fun and games, but this is where the real work of a screenwriter begins. This webinar will cover what your second act needs in order for the reader to keep on reading!

This webinar gives screenwriters the tools they need to not only finish act two but to amp up the stakes so that your readers can't turn away.

Many examples from successful movies will be given to illustrate the basic elements of story structure. Valuable insights from the most influential teachers will be utilized to give a broad understanding of what can make your story unique and successful. Also, you will receive
 an easy to use diagram of how to outline your story so that you can build
 your screenplay on a rock solid structure.

The webinar will be taught by Glenn M. Benst, award winning screenwriter
and one of Los Angeles' most popular and successful instructors of screenwriting

Please note: If you purchase all three webinars, you can still receive a recording of
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Jan. 20 | 1:00 p.m. Pacific

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Glenn M. Benest

Glenn M. Benest is an award-winning writing producer with
seven produced screenplays, including two that were
directed by Wes Craven. His independent film,
HUNGRY HEARTS, was nominated for numerous
awards at film festivals throughout the country and is
 being distributed internationally by Shoreline Entertainment.
Mr. Benest is a celebrated lecturer and instructor and his
 professional screenwriting workshops have launched
 six feature films, including SCREAM and EVENT HORIZON.

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