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It’s Time To Register For The June 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class – There Have Been Some Changes!

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class November 5, 2017

In the past, I’ve sold 700-word seats. People who wanted 1400 words (the most common number of words) bought two 700-word sessions to accomplish their 1400 words. Beginning with the May 2018 session (which was last month’s registration), I will no longer be offering 700-word sessions. I will only be offering 1400-word sessions. The price for 1400-word sessions will be $120 which is the same price as two 700-word sessions have been in the past.

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It’s Time To Register For April 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class!

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class September 3, 2017

There are many different types of writing classes. I teach many different classes myself. In fact, I just finished organizing my 2018 teaching schedule for OIRW. I’m pleased to announce that I will be teaching one class each month for them. There are some old favorite classes that are always popular, which will be returning. There are also some new classes which have never been offered before. I’ll be posting the schedule here on the site once it is finalized. I will be offering a free week long class on the legal ways to change point of view in December, so you’ll want to check that one out. That said, Yellow Highlighter Classes are a different type of class–and it’s time to register now. 

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It’s Time To Register For February 2018 YHC

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class July 2, 2017

Yellow Highlighter classes start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through the manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript as they come up. Working this way allows class participants to gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript if you stick with the classes long enough to work through an entire manuscript.

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It’s Time To Register For The January 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class June 4, 2017

Yellow Highlighter Classes are different from most other writing classes out there. Yellow Highlighter classes start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through the manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript as they come up. Working this way allows class participants to gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript if you stick with the classes long enough to work through an entire manuscript.

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Conveying Attraction In Romance Novels

Writing, Writing Tips, Writing Workshop May 30, 2017

In the awareness stage we’re looking for very descriptive language (especially in the opening of a book where the characters are first becoming aware of each other physically.) Though a lot of people don’t think of writing character descriptions as writing an intimate scene, the character description lays the groundwork for all of the intimate scenes that follow it. It is important in establishing basic awareness between the characters.

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It’s Time To Register For The November Yellow Highlighter Class

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class May 7, 2017

Yellow Highlighter Classes are different from most other writing classes out there. Yellow Highlighter classes start where you are by using your own work in progress and working steadily through the manuscript addressing the issues within the manuscript as they come up. Working this way allows class participants to gain an understanding of a variety of topics through each post and each markup. The result is a broader, more internalized, hands on form of learning that results in a completed and edited manuscript if you stick with the classes long enough to work through an entire manuscript.

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It’s Time To Register For The October Yellow Highlighter Class

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class April 9, 2017

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.

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Using Deep Point Of View To Clarify Your Writing

Writing, Writing Tips, Writing Workshop January 15, 2017

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.

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