Monthly Archives: July 2013

Writing Workshop Lesson 10: Polishing Your Work

Workshop Introduction Polishing Your Work When you’ve finished your first draft, you should put it away in a drawer for some length of time—a day, a week, a month—how long is up to you, but the longer you can go … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 9: Tension and Climax

Workshop Introduction Tension and Climax Your story must build tension all the way through, up to the climax. Each scene should add a little bit more. If not, it will feel flat and boring to the reader. But you don’t … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 8: What is a hook?

Workshop Introduction What is a hook? Editors and agents make a decision about your story based on the first few pages—sometimes the first paragraph. They don’t have the time or patience to read the whole thing if the opening doesn’t … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 7: Plot

Workshop Introduction Plot “Plot grows out of character. If you focus on who the people in your story are…something is bound to happen. …Any plot you impose on your characters will be onomatopoetic: PLOT. …Let what they say or do … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop Lesson 6: Setting

Workshop Introduction Setting In Lesson 1, we learned some of the factors that can make up the setting of the story. In this lesson we’ll go into each in more detail. Please note that you should avoid dropping large chunks … Continue reading

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