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Tag: June 2024

Jun, 2024: Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist

Learn how to write body language and dialogue cues from a kinesics specialist.  Writers will learn how to write fresh:

  • Body Language Basics:  facial messages, lips, eyes, chin, full facial expression, flicker-face, gestures, posture, hierarchical zones . . .
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Jun, 2024: Power Up Your Setting

Power up your setting can not only help you overcome but even deepen the other core aspects of your story!

In this one-month interactive course, we’ll

  • Develop a story world
  • Give clues to society, culture, and structure
  • Ground the reader and character in place
  • Make place mean more than just a place to be
  • Use setting to reveal the point of view character
  • Use setting to reveal non-point-of-view character
  • Reveal the emotional state of a character
  • Use subtext/metaphor to make the settings have a deeper meaning
  • Advance plot

And the key is bringing your setting to life! And we can do it!

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June, 2024: Creating a Constellation of Characters to Inhabit Your Story or Series

You will practice analyzing examples, from bestselling novels, movies or TV shows for cast and character study.

Plenty of instructor feedback and a variety of activities and techniques will help you hone your skills and infuse these elements and concepts into your own story or series.

Constellation’s class goal is to help you dig deep and create the most meaningful character cast to capture the heart of your readers and have them begging for another story with your Stars. So, get out your stargazing snacks, your virtual binoculars, and your creation telescope to assemble an outstanding cast for your story.

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June, 2024: Creating Anthologies

Anthologies are the "hot" item lately, giving authors a chance to collaborate and create amazing themed books. The writing side is usually pretty easy for an author, but what about all the details? A partnership can be a real problem if the business side isn't addressed.

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June, 2024: Plot Your Reliable Story Compass

This course will give you the skills to:

  • Identify the themes you want to explore and your opinions surrounding them.
  • Move from a big idea to the details of a well-thought-out plot.
  • Develop meaningful characters with strong desires and motivations that will drive the story.
  • Harness the power of a story summary to stay laser-focused on the right aspects of the plot.
  • Check that the story hits key structural marks with built-in conflict.
  • Use subplots and secondary characters to support the main through-line.
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