Next Class

For next week’s class, let’s have a Question and Answer time.

In preparation for it, I want you to write. I also want you to journal any questions and problems you have concerning your writing, and about publication, and bring those to class.

7 August 2010, 6 p.m. eastern, at the UOT Classroom Annex in Twinity.


Just Write

The title says it all.

Don’t worry about what others will think. Don’t worry about whether it’s good enough for publication. The story is in your head, maybe the whole thing, maybe a scene, maybe just a single line, but it’s there. And it won’t let go.

So write – sit down and write. Write for you, because you’re a writer, and writers write. It’s what we do.

Start at the beginning and keep writing till the story’s done.

Later you can polish, tweak, fix. That’s later. For now, just write.

What are you waiting for? Write!

Points of View – cont.

Whoa, class today was great. Students had some great questions, and we had new folks pop in. A few expressed an interest in returning for class next week. ‘tu

So, for next week:  more on Point of View.

What are the various points of view? First person, third person, and omniscient are the most used, but there are more, and variations within some of them, as well.

For the basics, check out this article:
Point of View in Literature

Follow the links within that article to learn more, and bring any questions to class.

When and where is class, you ask? Glad you did.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are every Saturday, 6 p.m. eastern at the UOT Classroom Annex in Twinity.

Points of View

Class today was fun. We had some questions and I tried to answer as best as I could, and a few new people popped in to check us out.

Our next topic, which might cover more than one week, is Points of View. What are the different points of view, and which one should a writer choose? How does one stay in a specific POV? These questions and more answered next Saturday, 6 p.m. eastern, at the UOT Classroom Annex in Twinity.

Here are a couple of articles to read for class:

Point of View


Class today (Saturday, 10 July) was great! I think the students were encouraged in their writing. ‘tu

Our class next is Saturday, 17 July, and here is the suggested reading for our topic: Dialogue.

Please feel free to join us in the UOT Classroom Annex of Twinity at 6 p.m. eastern and bring any questions or problems with dialogue you might have.

See you then and keep writing!

Getting Un-bogged down

How does one begin writing a novel, and how does one keep going?

There are various methods to writing a novel. Some just write and let the story take them wherever it wishes. Others need a more orderly approach: a plot outline.

We’ve covered plots before, but for a refresher, here it is again:

Now, say you have your plot arc, outline, snowflake – whatever works for you, and yet when you begin writing, you feel overwhelmed, bogged down by the characters, the details, the research. What do you do?

We’ll discuss this in next Saturday’s class in Twinity. In the meantime, read the refresher listed above, and if you have questions or comments, feel free to post them here or in my forum.

Believable Characters

Should we continue trying to have classes at a set time in a virtual world, or would classes through a forum or email list be more conducive to productivity?

Let me know – you can post a comment here, or in my forum.

But for this week, we have a topic and you have an assignment.

The topic is Creating Believable Characters.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to take a character in your WIP (work in progress) and pick a pivotal point of the story. One where s/he needs to make a decision, or choose a path. Why does s/he make that choice? State reasons (because he’s the good guy and will do the right thing or because he’s the bad guy so he’s going to do the wrong thing won’t cut it, I’ll tell ya right now!) for the decision. All the pros and cons involved. Make the choice real.

This assignment doesn’t necessarily have to be “turned in,” but if you have any questions or comments about anything in the process, motivation for example, bring them to class.

Alternatively if you have a character that you feel isn’t believable, we can discuss that as well, and try to help make the character more “real.”

So, get to work, and if you can make it, we’ll see you Saturday, 3 July, at 6 p.m. eastern in the UOT Classroom in Twinity.