Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Notes for feedback

When you're working on a project, and it's ready to be heard, what do you do?  You have it read.   After you're done cringing (oh, wait,  that was me) sit back and listen to words being performed.  It's a bit different than you saying it out loud with the meaning you know behind each word.  After the reading, ask your audience to hang out for a bit and offer some feedback.

Things to think about when you hear/read someone else's work:

1) What are the powerful aspects of the work?
2) How were you moved/engaged by the topic, style, language, or characters?
3) What, if any, sections felt unclear or confusing?
4) What was missing that could expand the work within the given section?
Details, encounters, dialogue, ‘truth’ -- in a positive way that can expand the writer’s perspective and provide a richer experience within the chosen genre and style?
5) Mark any great passages that zero in on the essence of the story/script/essay.

happy writing!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

So you want to write a novel

Outline your novel

Before you start your outline, things to think about:
Who will be your main character?
If you have several characters, write information about each of them.
What is the problem that your main character has to solve or a goal they have to acheive.  What is it?
What is the most important thing in the world to your character right now?
What obstacles or difficulties exists between your character and their goal or problem?
Where does the story take place?
What era or time does it take place? (present day? 1980s?...)
What type of novel are you writing? Drama? Thriller? Cheap romance?
Imagine scenes.  Who is in them? what is their viewpoint? Where does this take place?
Every scene should have a purpose. It should move the story along.
Then take them and put them in a logical order.

What every novel should have:
Character
Plot
Setting
Point of view
Dialogue