In three act structure, the character goes on a journey from inciting incident to midpoint to climax. Action rises and falls. At the end, if it’s a romance, there’s a happily-ever-after. For authors, we take our own journey, from the inception of an idea, to the execution of said idea, to—hopefully—publishing this idea in the form of a polished and complete story. For this chat, we’ll take a look at the overall journey, and focus specifically on the author’s low point, when self-doubt kicks in, all seems lost, and you wonder, “What if it’s a bad book?” Join us Sunday, January 7th, 7pmET/4pmPT.
The arrival of a new year always kicks off discussions about change and goals. This week, we’re not going to talk about goals plural. We’re just going to talk about one. We’ll be breaking down The One Thing you want to accomplish in your writing career in 2018, and how to make sure it happens. Join us December 31st at 4pm PT | 7pm ET to get laser focused on a successful new year.
Sometimes you’re a CP, sometimes you’re the shoulder to cry on, sometimes you’re a productivity coach. What kind of strengths do you have and what do you need? Bring the most to your writer friend supergroup by joining us at 4pm PT| 7pm ET on Sunday, December 24th.
You’ve done the work. You’ve got rich, layered characters with flaws and pasts. You’ve got an interesting world that pulls the reader in. Your black moment has made the main characters doubt they’ll ever be happy again. But now it’s time to give your characters (and your readers) the ending they deserve. How do you make sure your payout packs all the punch it possibly can, and leaves your readers feeling satisfied and optimistic? Let’s talk about it on December 17th at 4pm PT | 7pm ET.
Most people experience some form of depression in their lives, to varying degrees. For some, it’s a period of self-doubt and hopelessness. For others, it’s a debilitating state of mind that inhibits every aspect of their life. And there are many levels in between. In any form, depression impacts our writing—what we write, how we write it, our productivity and our ability to pursue the business of publishing. Come chat with us about how depression may have impacted your writing life and career, Sunday, December 10th, 4pm PT / 7pm ET.
Your query letter is your first impression, the first taste an agent or editor gets of your writing, and can sometimes become the base for your book’s blurb. Writing a query often feels more nerve-wracking than writing the book itself! There’s so much pressure to “get it right.” Same with writing your cover copy or blurb. This is the text that will draw in readers, push their trope buttons, and whet their appetites for the journey ahead. Let’s talk about writing queries and cover copy on Sunday, December 3rd, at 7pmET/4pmPT.
We’ve all encountered those characters that leap off the page and take on a life of their own—but how do you make that happen in your own work? On Sunday, November 26 we’ll be chatting about how to add depth and realism to your characterization. Join us at 4pm PT | 7pm ET to share your experience.