Control the Pacing of Your Novel, Memoir, Screenplay

Learn how to control the pacing of your novel, memoir, screenplay.  Plot the pace and intensity of all the major events of your novel, memoir, screenplay along the Plot Planner line. Rather than outline your plot in list-form or story-board your ideas in a flat and linear progression, plot the pacing of your scenes to rise and fall in the dynamic pattern found in all great stories.  As the line of the Plot Planner slowly rises at the beginning, control the pacing of the action, emotion, … [Read more...]

What is the Definition of Plot?

What is the Definition of Plot The definition of plot incorporates the 3 major plot lines in every great story: Dramatic Action Character Emotional Development Thematic Significance Also included in the definition of plot is the all important cause and effect.  Plot is how the dramatic action changes or transforms the protagonist's emotional development over time through cause and effect in a meaningful way. See for yourself: To learn how to incorporate all three plot lines and … [Read more...]

Challenges of Writing a Rough Draft

Ready to embark on writing a new novel, memoir, screenplay? One of the greatest challenges of writing a rough draft is longing to give into the insatiable desire to go back over what you've written and perfect as you write. Some of the Challenges of Writing a Rough Draft  1) As you write forward, you find all sorts of characters and details and actions you missed earlier. Rather than forge on, you're tempted to go back and added what's missing. 2) You become more and more uncomfortable … [Read more...]

Transformational Inspiration

Transformational Inspiration A short video, using nature as my guide, I offer transformational inspiration to support you align your thoughts and beliefs with your goals and desires for the greatest good. http://youtu.be/2y66uKWiYM4 For more in-depth transformational inspiration, follow the exercises in the 22 Step online video course: The Spiritual Guide for Writers. … [Read more...]

Truths, Half-truths and Lies

Truths, half-truths and lies flow from every aspect of a memoir writer's life An old drunk writing his memoir and riddled with cancer and so much emotional pain he couldn’t start would call me sporadically from the East Coast for plot support. He was famous for writing for all sorts of prestigisous world events magazines from all over the world. His story's crisis (and seemingly, his life, too) centered on deception of some sort by his mother… and his father. I only remember that the story … [Read more...]