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VIRTUAL Meetup: Free lunchtime call-in writing tips series

You know you have a great idea for a novel, but you haven't finished it. Here's a tip--you can't sell a blank manuscript. Join us for a free call-in series that will give you all the tips and tools you need to get your book finished. And get them from the comfort of your own home. (or office, we won't tell your boss.)

Register here to get the call in details

(All calls will be recorded, so sign up even if you can't listen live)

Call #2 Wednesday, November 7th - 1:00-2:00 EST
Honing Your Idea: Can you describe your story in one sentence? If not, your idea isn’t clear enough to allow you to write your novel. In this call you’ll learn how to craft a premise that you can build a plot around. It’s only when you hone your premise that you can execute your story, and pitch it with confidence.

Call #3 Tuesday, November 13th - 1:00-2:00 EST
Characters: How well do you know them? If you don’t know them, your readers won’t care to get to know them. Well-written characters are physiologically, sociologically and psychologically developed. In this call we’ll cover everything from archetypes to point of view to character backstory. Without any one of these elements, your characters will be flat and so will your story. This call teaches you how to write characters that your readers will never forget.

Call #4 Tuesday, November 20th - 1:00-2:00 EST
10 Tools of Dialogue & Voice: Most novels are 50%+ dialogue, are your character’s words worthy of that? Well-crafted dialogue moves the story along, sounds authentic and in line with your characters and premise. Without strong dialogue you eliminate the connection btw the reader and the story. Learn to write as you speak and give your characters a unique, but believable, voice.

Call #5 Tuesday, November 27th - 1:00-2:00 EST
Plot: Does your story stall in the middle? Most writers start with a great idea but can’t see their story through to the end. Plot gives you the markers that light your path. This call builds on the Story Cycle call by teaching you how to add tension and conflict, subplots, depth, foreshadowing and flashbacks to keep your story moving to the satisfying and logical end.

Call #6 Tuesday, December 4th - 1:00-2:00 EST
Deconstructing a Scene: Learn the best-kept secret in writing; the key to writing any novel is to build it one scene at a time. In this call you’ll learn the essential elements of scene -- goal, obstacle, failure and reaction. And you’ll learn how to connect the scenes in a way that leaves the reader eager to turn the page. Scenes build novels.

(if the link is not working, copy & paste this in your browser )

When you sign up, you'll receive the recording of the first call on Story Cycle.

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  • Christina N R.

    Oh Al...sorry, we didn't see this until after the call. You have to register using the sign up link above. The call in details are sent out automatically as are the recordings. Sign up above and you'll get the heads up for the next one. Sorry we missed you!

    November 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing information was given at no charge! Pretty cool to listen with people from all over the country.

    November 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a phone number I need to dial to participate? Or will the conversation appear in this chat box?

    November 7, 2012

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