Monday, August 26, 2019

Must-Have Moments in Your Novel by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I've decided it doesn't matter what Jennifer Nielsen is teaching, I NEED IT.

There are the acts in a story:

ACT I Intro
ACT II Mayhem Ensures
ACT III Resolution

1.     Intro to the world (like the intro to the Shire)
#1 key moment ~ intro to the voice

2.     First clash with the antagonist

3.     First decision (leave the shire)
#2 key moment ~ The hero’s fatal flaw

4.     Intro subplot
a.     It needs a purpose
b.     Works into the resolution
c.     Could be conflict, info, parallel plots, suspense, etc
#3 key moment ~ subplot must have a purpose

5.     Hero confronts THE conflict (I’ll take the ring)
a.     Is it unexpected?
b.     Is it a turning point?
c.     Is the hero wildly unprepared?
#4 key moment ~ Does your reader know what both your hero and your villain want?
#5 key moment ~ Are the stakes high??

1.     Antagonist shows his strength; he must be stronger than the hero
2.     Allies appear for the hero
3.     Problems and more problems
a.     RIGHT HERE if you have writer’s block, your characters don’t have enough to do
4.     Crisis point ~ No turning back (Gandalf dies, Frodo can’t go back)
a.     #6 key moment ~ Exact moment your hero can’t turn back

5.     Dark night moment ~ protagonist goes on their own to move forward
a.     #7 key moment ~ when all is lost, what gets your hero to her feet again?

1.     Resolution of the problem defined in Act I
2.     Confrontation
a.     The hero might lose but…
b.     The hero is victorious
3.     Resolution
a.     How has the hero grown?

#8 key moment ~ Reader is satisfied and all the threads have been closed

Monday, August 19, 2019

Keynote speaker Jason Wright #Betheone

 Jason Wright was the keynote speaker at #storymakers19. He talked about being the one. Whatever that means to you #Betheone 

Be the one to open the door for someone else, take the time to listen to a friend or stranger, show kindness



 ALSO, what if...your book changes YOUR life?

2019 Keynote Speaker, Jason Wright

Jason Wright is a New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.
Jason is also a regular columnist for Fox News and the Northern Virginia Daily. Articles by Jason have appeared in over other 100 newspapers, magazines and web sites across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes.
Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks on the miracle of opening doors, faith, failure, the Christmas Jars movement, the lost art of letter writing, and many other topics. He has been seen on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN, and on local television stations around the country.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Slow Burn Romance by Kasie West

"There’s so much more to a kiss than the kiss. We’ll discuss how to craft a story that will have your
readers begging for the HEA. We’ll discuss elements such as conflict, characters, history, tension,
emotion and how to use them to build a perfect romance. And then, of course, we’ll talk about crafting the perfect kiss."


In order to know the future of your characters, you need to know their past
You need to know their personal history
You need to know their relationship history


Check each chapter for conflict
What are your characters goals?
What are their obstacles?


Throw your love interests together often, so they can learn more about each other
Show them being vulnerable


Chemistry comes through dialogue!


Accidental touching
Build up the physical contact
How does the contact make them feel? (Sometimes you show this, sometimes you tell)

The Kiss

There is usually a BEAT right before the kiss
The kiss is more powerful writing from the emotions that surround the kiss

Monday, August 5, 2019

You ain't Shakespeare

Basically...write YOUR story.
Stop stressing about perfection in your writing.
You ain't Shakespeare.

A few of my favorite things I'm doing

I'm reading: Fiction: The Light After the War by Anita Abriel  It is 1946 when Vera Frankel and her best friend Edith Ban ...