FORENSICS: Bruises on the body and what they show.
PROMOTION: Using Goodreads to promote.
PROMOTION: Agents' advice on promotion.
CRAFT: Improving the middle of the novel.
VIEWPOINT: Picking the right viewpoint in your novel.
SERIES: Starting a series.
NaNo WRITE: Choosing a good idea.
CHARACTERS: Why a character shouldn't be too perfect.
NaNo WRITE: Ten things to do to make it easier.
GOALS AND OBSTACLES:
POISONOUS PLANTS FOR MURDERS:
WHY QUERY PITCHES DON'T WORK:
Marilynn's Workshop Schedule and Information LInks
FINAL CHANCE TO REGISTER: "The Big Question: How to Create a Powerful Novel from a Few Ideas and One Big Question" November 1-28, 2010. writersonline.com.
Have you ever read a story then felt dissatisfied by it as you put it down? All the story elements--plot, characters, romance, and suspense--were there, but something was missing. That something is often called depth or resonance, and it's that element that turns an ordinary story into one you couldn't put down.
How do you write a story like that? It starts with the creation of the story. I’ll show you how to take a simple plot idea, premise, or character and turn it into a novel with resonance.
REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON: "Deconstructing Jim Butcher's STORM FRONT" November 8-13, 2010. Savvyauthors.com
Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series is one of the best-written and most successful urban fantasy series today. I will analyze STORM FRONT, the first novel, as an urban fantasy, as a genre-blending mix of fantasy and detective noir, and as a great model for worldbuilding for a series. I will also show how the hero, Harry Dresden, is a perfect mixture of other worldly powers and human strengths and weaknesses. Paranormal romance authors will also find this analysis of interest.