March, 2017: 30 Days to a Stronger Novel
Instructor: Lisa Wells
March 2 - 31; Fee: $60
"CHANGE IS SUCH HARD WORK..." BILLY CRYSTAL
Change is hard work. But that's what it takes if you're trying to land an agent or a contract and all you get is rejections.
30 Days to a Stronger Novel is for all frustrated writers who have spent their hard earned money on books and conferences only to realize that their manuscripts are receiving a "Pass" from agents and editors.
If you've read the how-to books, attended the conferences, have mastered the art of story structure, and know your grammar rules, you're only halfway there. Sure - you have a manuscript that is better than most being sent to agents and editors. But better than most is not getting you published. Why? Because your manuscript is not yet at the WOW level.
It doesn't matter if your plot points and pinch points are all in the right places. Or if your character arcs are stupendous. Of if your hooks are incredible.
None of these things matter if you don't have the knowledge to add in the WOW factor to your manuscript.
I'm not talking about the big things that are taught so beautifully by Margie Lawson. I'm talking about the little things. The little things that add up to SOLD.
What is the Wow factor? It is that elusive something that takes a manuscript from solid to sold.
Solid + the little things = Sold.
The WOW factor is what agents and editors are saying you don't have when they say your manuscript just didn't grab them the way they'd hoped for.
Do you want to add the WOW factor to your manuscript? Yes? Then this class is designed for you.
There are 30 days and 15 WOW assignments. How much time you put into the assignments will have an impact on how great of a change you bring about in your book.
Here are a few of the lessons in this action packed class:
• Reader Emotion Scavenger Hunt - if you take this course for no other reason than one - this is the ONE reason to take this class. You've taken classes and read books on how to get across to the reader what emotion your character is feeling, but have you taken a class on manipulating what the reader is feeling?
• Backstory Funeral
• The Puzzle Effect
• Get a MacGuffin - not to be confused with an Egg McMuffin
• Structure Check-up
• Spank Your Characters - no, this is not an X-rated assignment.
• Pick a Scene and Get It High
• Character Trait Sneak Attack - a fantastic approach to revealing character traits to the reader. This is a: DON'T WANT TO MISS IT LESSON.
Give me 30 Days, and I'll give you a stronger novel.
Lisa Wells is a 22-year veteran educator. For the past 16 years, she's enjoyed a rollercoaster journey called: The School Counselor – Dramas, Dreams, and Destinies. Add the theme song to Jaws, and you have the feel for this fun ride.
Author of DIBS, a sexy romance, nominated as Debut Book That Rocks and Best Book of The Year, Lisa believes writers should never quit studying their craft. When she decided to write a series and couldn't find affordable material that taught the nuances of writing series vs. stand alone books, she designed her own how-to-class. Self-appointed number one fan of Margie Lawson, she is thrilled that Margie Lawson invited her to teach at Lawson Writer's Academy.