Duration of each course: 5
Content: Each module homes in on
a different aspect (or several aspects) of the main theme of the course. For example, the e-course
on characters is divided into the following units: (1) Overview of different character types and
how to create your Lead character; (2) The supporting cast - the importance of each character, and
how to make each character an individual; (3) Digging deep - all about adding emotional punch; (4)
Your characters speak - dialogue; (5) Character creator toolbox - all the little touches that will
leave your readers feeling that they really know the characters.
Feedback: 5 tasks are assigned
(one for each week) to assess your understanding of the content of each module. Each task will be
critiqued by Marg. You have two weeks to complete each task. No extensions are given, but for those
who don't have time to send in a task (or don't wish to) a useful "Analyze It!" checklist is
provided. This gives you a great yardstick for evaluating your own work (for future stories as well
as your work in progress). Your checklist is sent out one week after the main module.
(Why don't I send this checklist out earlier? Because I want you to
see if you can thoroughly read and absorb the content yourself first. The checklist will arrive in
plenty of time for you to use it to analyze your writing task before you send it in, if you wish to
You do not HAVE to send in the writing task. You may feel you don't
need to, or you would prefer to analyze your work yourself, using the checklist. It's up to
Sheet": This super-useful tool is provided for every course - a summary of what
you need to do to get your story on track.
More About SPOTLIGHT ON CHARACTERS...
The first e-Course we ever created focuses on your CHARACTERS - for
a very good reason.
If your characters don't engage your readers, they won't bother with your
Oh yes. :-(
....after all that hard work. You might have spent a year - maybe two years -
writing, editing and polishing your book. But if the characters don't come to life, it's all been
But never fear. There are simple, easy steps that you can follow to create
characters that readers will love. (Or, in the case of a villain, love to hate!)
We'll be putting the spotlight on your characters. We'll show you how to coax the
very best out of them.
- The way they behave.
- The way they look.
- The way they walk and talk.
- The way they react to their circumstances.
... and a whole lot more!
More About SPOTLIGHT ON PLOTTING...
Our next e-Course is an obvious one - help with plotting. It
dovetails beautifully with our "Characters" eCourse, and the two of them combined should help you
iron out many problems with your story.
If your plot is too far-fetched, or dull, or predictable, or episodic - then it
doesn't matter how much time you have spent developing vivid characters or realistic
dialogue, the reader will know that something's wrong.
(If you're not sure what 'episodic' means, don't worry. This is one of the
biggest mistakes writers make - and it's covered in Lesson 1, right upfront, in "Common Plotting
Mistakes and How to Fix Them".)
What else will you find in the plotting e-Course?
- What plot actually is
- How to plot, and how to work with YOUR plotting style
- Common plotting mistakes and how to fix them
- What editors want
- How to create a working synopsis and an outline
- Troubleshooting - how to fix a plot in trouble
... and (as you might expect) a whole lot more...
Question: "Can I sign up for two courses at the same time?"
Yes, if you think you can do justice to both at the same
time. It may actually suit you to focus intensively on the twin issues of plotting and
characterization to get your novel off to a really good start (or to identify the reasons your
story isn't working).
If you haven't done any of our courses before, and sign up for both, you
get 15% off the each course. This is the most economical way to do the courses.
Your total investment in two courses, with 5 weekly tasks with feedback for
each one, is $331.50.
You can sign up for the
Plotting/Characters Combo Course here.
Your e-course info sheet will be sent as soon as you confirm your
email address (check your email inbox after signing up, and click on the 'confirm' URL (link) that
we send you.)