If you missed my workshop with OCLS at the Downtown location, here is a chance to grab a copy of the PDF and/or PowerPoint Show. It was a heavy 2-hour course and we covered a lot of content and questions to help guide your revision efforts. Be sure to “enable outside links” since this does contain 3 YouTube videos. Just in case, I will add those down below and explain what they reflect. Thank you to all who came out to attend and I hope the advise has helped you in your efforts to polish your writing and story to its very best.
Other Posts That May Help
- #amwriting: give your characters agency
- Editing & Revisions
- PowerPoint from Writing a Novel 101
- Developing a Writing Style
- Developing A Plot
- Worldbuilding – How?
- Outlining Your Story Idea
- Character Development
Inside this PowerPoint I shared with the room three videos for vital reasons. In case they fail to show up or you were curious as to why I chose these, here are the reflections and links of said videos.
Squint’s Big Plan from the movie Sandlot
- Don’t tell us, SHOW us. Despite having access to a Narrator, they chose not to TELL us Squint can’t swim.
- Used Environment, Character, and Secondary Characters to signal audience something is not right.
- Used dialogue exchange in lieu of telling us directly.
MaLynne’s Outburst from the movie Steel Magnolias
- Make sure ALL your characters are reacting to an event in some way.
- Reflect how that will change the character(s) later on.
- Here MaLynne voices both her own and the audience’s feelings through her reaction and dialogue.
- Weeza, a nasty negative character throughout the story becomes essential to why the writer has kept her in the foreground. Every character in your story should have a role or purpose!
- Claire, the comic relief in many areas of the story provides a last ditch effort for both the main character and audience/reader using Weeza as a new focus point.
- They are showing the reactions and not telling us the characters are “sad” or “in mourning” and putting us in the unfolding of the emotions.
- Note as the moment becomes more intense, the sentences become much shorter.
Narrative Mechanics by ExtraCredits
- Slow down and refocus.
- Trim out anything that bogs down the message or the main focus of your story.
- Some times simplifying the story can make it stronger.
- A great example of bringing the concept to a smaller, more intimate level via the game Missile Command.
- You should know what emotions and situations you want both your character and reader to feel via the events and plot of your story. If not, sit down and simplify/refocus your aim and use that as a guide for revisions.