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Tag: March 2023

Mar, 2023: Not Your Mama's Character Descriptions

This power-packed class provides writers with hands-on tools for making character descriptions fresh and deep and powerful.

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March, 2023: Crazy-Easy Awesome Author Websites!

What if you could have a website that would meet your needs whether you're a beginner or a NYT best selling author?

Welcome to the Crazy Easy Awesome Author Websites taught by Lisa Norman (Heart Ally Books, LLC and Deleyna's Dynamic Designs -- also Margie Lawson's web designer).

We'll cover each part of a website. I'll help you choose a hosting company, get a domain name, set up the space, and build a website using the most popular platform for writers: WordPress. We'll cover how to create your email sign-up forms and even integrate the site with your social media platforms.

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March, 2023: Dazzling Developmental Edits

10 People. 20 Pages. Deep Developmental Edits. Editing your manuscript to get it ready for an agent or editor requires more than just crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s. That’s where a developmental editor comes in. Developmental editing is the first stage in preparing your manuscript for professional eyes. It helps you to build complex characters, checks that your pacing is not boring the reader, and makes sure you’ve plugged all those pesky plot holes. In Dazzling Developmental edits, you will work one-on-one with a professional editor who will help you learn the difference between a developmental edit and a copy edit, how to accept criticism when it stings, and learn what to expect from your very first developmental edit. During our time together we will developmental edit the first two chapters of your work in progress.

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March, 2023: Empowering Characters' Emotions

Want to add a psychological punch to your writing and editing?

Want to learn how to capture the full range of body language on the page?

Want to turn your work into a page-turner by powering up emotion and hooking the reader viscerally?

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March, 2023: Make 'em Laugh - How to Write a Comedy Screenplay

So, you have an idea for a comedy screenplay? Are you in the middle of one? Have you completed several? Make ‘em Laugh is a class for both experienced and beginning writers. If you’d like to learn about nuances of feature-length comedy films and apply them to your own funny ideas, then you’ve found the right place. We’d love to have you join us.

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March, 2023: Mind-Map

Mind-mapping, although it's perfect for writing, also can be used for anything you need to keep straight in your head, from characters to a series of books to a plan for marketing and promoting. It's an amazing tool that frees us from the unyielding structure of Roman numerals and lets our imagination soar!

This is a class that will help beginners to organize their thoughts but Master Writers will be able to create believable story structures for a single book or a multi-book series.

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March, 2023: Navigating the Tightrope between Historical Fact and Historical Fiction

Writing good historical fiction means navigating the tightrope between historical fact and your fictional story. And there are so many places where it is easy to step off that tightrope and into the abyss of mediocre historical fiction. In this class, we will consider and practice several elements of historical fiction as well as learn by example from authors who have navigated the balance in their work.

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March, 2023: The Eight Crafts of Writing

Do you want a structured overview of the writing craft(s)? Are you interested in learning the psychology of storytelling? What about getting a storytelling edge by learning the secrets of reader engagement? In this Master Course, learn the eight writing crafts (the map): Big Idea, Genre, Narrative, Story Outline, Characterization, World Building, Scene & Chapter Structure, and Prose.

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March, 2023: Just for You Intensive Mentorship

Just For You might be just for you!

With limited enrollment, Just for You Intensive Mentorship weeds out the I’ve-done-this-before noise and focuses on you, your needs, and your writing. With personalized tips, tricks, lectures, guidelines, advice, no topic is off-limits.

Need to develop characters? Write a query? Give a final edit? Want to focus on weaving, cause, effect, MRUs, voice? Is your middle muddled or your ending falling flat? Do you power up the tension or pepper subtext, or do you just need to start right at the beginning?

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