Yellow Highlighter Classes are month-long classes which meet online in a private blog space three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.) The classes are completely hands on with participants posting excerpts from their works in progress and me going over them, marking them up, offering corrections and suggestions in the same way that I mark up manuscripts I edit for publication. The feedback isn’t specific to just one area, like emotion, sexual tension or plot points. Instead, the markup offered on a single day of the class might highlight weaknesses of many types and might offer suggestions for strengthening a variety of problem areas. A single markup on a single day of the class might address a point of view problem, the need for a beat of silence to break up a line of dialogue, or the news that a given scene really slows the pace and needs to be trimmed, moved or discarded.
Yellow Highlighter Classes are designed to offer authors at all levels help in strengthening their manuscripts. Check out what others are saying at the new testimonials page…and then register for the August 2017 Yellow Highlighter Class. Hurry! Seats are limited and sell out quickly.
The things we wrote in the book planning binder defines a character who has certain parameters. But when you put her in motion…make her take actions, and then put other people in the scene and make her react to the actions that they take you begin to learn more about her. She’s still mousy haired. She still prefers cats to people. She still doesn’t feel worthy of participating in society, of having friends. But now you move one step deeper. How does someone who prefers cats to people, who doesn’t feel worthy of participating in society, of having friends, react when she is face to face with someone who needs her help? What motivates that action? What thought? What feeling? What belief? Showing this on the page, by showing her specific mental or emotional experience allows the full essence of who she is at the deepest level to come through and be fully visible and fully understandable to the reader.
If you’ve been tempted to try a Yellow Highlighter Class check out what other participants are saying and register for the July 2017 class now.
It’s shaping up to be a very busy spring and summer. I’m teaching a great lineup of classes for for the Outreach International Romance Writing Chapter of RWA (OIRWA). The spring/summer schedule will kick off with Infusing The Romance With Emotional And Sexual Tension in May. Developing A Vocabulary For Writing Love Scenes will follow in June. In July we’ll turn toward writing emotion with Intensifying Emotion. Then in August we’ll delve deep into the world of creating emotional experiences with Developing A Vocabulary For Writing Emotion.
In the Yellow Highlighter Classes that I teach one of the most common suggestions I write in dialogue section is, “You need a break here.” Or, “You need a beat of silence here.” In this free class we’ll go deep into this one facet of dialogue and look at why, when, and where you need these beats of silence and how you can begin to intuit for yourself where they need to be.
In this workshop we’ll focus on how to motivate characters on the micro level. That is, how to show their motivation through small actions and reactions that make the character’s backstory and the motivation real, believable, and powerful to the reader.
If you’re suffering from writer’s block or want to learn how to avoid ever suffering from it check out Laurie’s workshop Breaking Free Of Writer’s Block which is hosted by OIRWA in October.