It’s Saturday, so we must have winners! Before I announce the winners, I’ll put in a shameless plug for an online workshop I’ll be teaching over at Savvy Authors throughout the month of August on plotting your novel without killing your creativity. It’s $15 if you’re a premium member of the Savvy site and $25 for everyone else.Here are the shameless details, and if you’re really only interested in seeing if you won a book (no, reallly?), scroll on down! And the quilt pictures are in honor of the class–yep, I made them!
Over the course of the month, you’ll put together the perfect quilt, er, novel. Classes will include:
1) Picking the Right Pattern. Just as a quilt uses small pieces that fit together to create a whole, a novel is created of the Big Idea–your overriding storyline–plus several Small Ideas, or subplots.
2) Choosing the Fabric. Your novel can have its pattern, but without the perfect fabrics, you won’t end up with a pretty quilt. In a novel, your characters are your fabrics. At this stage, you’ll decide who your dominant hero (or heroine) will be, identify the secondary lead character, and determine what roles your supporting cast will play.
3) Color Arrangement. Before beginning to stitch, the successful quilter decides how those squares of fabric will be placed to make the most effective use of the pattern. In our novels, this step involves identifying relationshipsnot just the relationship between a hero and heroine, but between all characters, and between each character and the Big Idea.
4) Basting. Here’s where we really start to have fun. We’ll choose the threads of our story through the relationships we’ve identified and start to think about how to put them together. Each relationship should have a story arc that progresses from start to finish.
5) Piecing the Quilt Top. We’ll take each of our relationship arcs and rearrange them into a single plot arc. At the end of this stage, each person will have a rough sentence outline of a complete novel. This outline will also serve as an easy foundation to writing the dreaded synopsis.
6) Backing, Batting and Binding. A quilt top is beautiful, but unfinished. In this final lesson, participants will go back through their plot arc and begin to flesh out scenes. The “backing and binding” stage can be as simple or as detailed as the author wishes; those who develop a more detailed, fleshed-out plot arc will find themselves well along their way in creating a first draft of their novels.
WHEN: August 1-28, 2011
WHERE: SavvyAuthors.com. Click link for more info.
COST: $15 for Savvy premium members; $25 for basic (free) members.
Okay, commercial over! Without further interruptions…..
Congrats to KRISTA, who won the pick of new releases last week. She chose Paula Brackston’s The Witch’s Daughter.
Congrats to JAMIE, who won Jon F Merz’s The Kensei.
Congrats to NAJ, who won Laurie London’s Bonded by Blood.
Congrats to BECKY, who won Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon’s Map of Moments.
Congrats to BELLA, who won the 38 Mistakes book for writers.
I’ll be emailing everyone soon. Stay tuned for lots more next week, including two new Reader’s Choice giveaways!