Workshop: Beginnings and Transitions, Pt 1

6:30 to 7:00 Social time

7:00 to 10:00 workshop

The way you open chapter 1 is not the same as how you open any of the following chapters. And a scene break is different than starting a new chapter. We will examine how these three types of beginnings differ from each other, what readers expect, and how to deliver on that.

Tonight in part 1 we will work on how to open chapter 1. In part 2 (a month from now) we will work on what to do after a scene break and on how to open subsequent chapters.

Bring the opening page of your story.

See ya there,

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  • Shannon B.

    Thanks again for the critiques and suggestions! It's nice having a bit of affirmation for my first project.

    3 · July 10

  • Shannon B.

    Bringing a helpful synonym wheel printout for 12 people and 12 copies of my first page. I basically detest beginnings, so I'm hopeful to have some great conversation and to get and give some good ideas and suggestions!

    July 10

  • Curt F.

    I would like to discuss story plans and/or problems.

    A few stipulations up front, like bring a printed synopsis for others and be able to explain your story or the problem succinctly, say in under 5 minutes using the standard beats: Hook, inciting incident, 1st PP, 1st Pinch, Midpoint, Pinch, 2nd PP, All is Lost, etc.

    It could also be a particular scene or piece of dialog you want others' opinion on.

    Just my two cents...

    1 · July 8

    • Curt F.

      I'm not trying to hijack your agenda. This is a suggestion for the future

      July 9

    • Scott M.

      Curt, it's all good. I love suggestions like yours.

      July 9

  • Erik J.

    How about something that has nothing to do with computer programs?

    1 · July 8

    • Scott M.

      You bring the pencil. I'll bring the paper.

      July 9

  • Roberta C.

    I'm going to try to make it, but will not RSVP in the positive in case I can't. A friend sent the following article that I thought might be of interest.­

    July 7

    • Scott M.

      Interesting article, and an interesting site. Thanks.

      July 9

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