Take an email class on character strengths and flaws, and how they're actually the same! Here's a rare chance to take an email class with Alicia Rasley. Western New York Chapter. https://wnyrw.org/workshops/ Scroll down till you see my name. :)
Being, Doing, Becoming – The Heroic Flaw and the Heroic Journey
January 18- February 22, 2020
Nature abhors perfection – and so does the story. Fiction, like nature, is all about change. So in a story, heroism requires more than being perfectly heroic, and even more than committing heroic acts. It also requires the ability to change under pressure, to grow into someone better even if it hurts.
In the same way, creating a heroic character requires more of the author than merely creating a perfectly brave protagonist and inventing exciting events to showcase those powers and skills. It requires providing the protagonist the need to change, the courage to change, the opportunity to change, and the motivation to change.
The imperfect protagonist makes the three-dimensional story possible. The character moving through the external plot is a story of only two dimensions. The internal journey, the process towards psychological or emotional or life change, provides the depth that takes this story into three dimensions. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how you can determine your own character’s heroic flaw, and use it to develop a meaningful opening, a powerful journey, and a dramatic and satisfying ending.
I'm not going to be doing email courses after this, so if you're interested, this is your chance. Here's the link: Alicia Rasley's Workshop Workshop Pricing- $40 USD
New article: Suspense Is More than Surprise
HEY, EVERYONE! I'M TEACHING A MAJOR ONLINE CLASS ABOUT “CRAFTING YOUR PLOT IN THREE ACTS (AND 9 TURNING POINTS AND 3 CHARACTER ELEMENTS)”. YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT IT AND ENROLL IF YOU LIKE!
let me guess: You're here because you have a story to tell, or maybe just an idea for a story. It might be completely fictional-- something you've made up. It might be inspired by another story from history or TV or literature. It might come from your own life and experiences. But there's a story you are starting to think about developing, a start you want to develop into something bright and strong and great.
You're not crazy! And you're not alone.
I'm Alicia Rasley, a novelist and writing teacher. I know what it's like to be preoccupied with a story idea. When I get the idea for a story, I can't stop thinking about it. I even dream about it! I speculate about the characters and their motives and past. I draw maps of the story setting. I try to plot out the story events so I can figure out how it all starts and ends.
I guess you can say I get obsessed with creating an entire story out of just an idea. This sense of being preoccupied-- even "occupied" by a story inspired me to write an essay about this weird experience of having a story take over your brain: Multiplicity. Read it and see if you're having a similar experience with your attention being taken over by your own imagination and this story that won't let you go.
What I have learned is... we're not crazy. We're creative. We're imagining characters and events-- creating something out of nothing. Some of us will be writing scenes and conversations and setting description and character history. And the next step is to take that story idea and develop it-- design a strong plot structure and build powerful events and intriguing characters.
I'm here to help you develop that story idea into a dramatic, coherent plot with sympathetic characters--so you can write the great story you're imagining now. So let's get started. If you have a question about a story idea of yours, let me know, and I'll try to address it in a blog post or an article on my email list (you can sign up for my email list here).
INTERESTED IN COACHING, TEACHING, OR EDITING BY ALICIA RASLEY? IT WILL BE FUN, AFFIRMATIVE, AND ILLUMINATING. :) CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
Hey, everyone! I'm teaching a major online class about “Crafting Your plot in three acts (and 9 turning points and 3 character elements)”.
To build a great story, we need:
A POWERFUL PLOT
Scenes designed for drama
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Editors see these plot problems over and over in fiction manuscripts. In my experience, these are among the most common rejection reasons. Let's count them down, starting with #10, Backstory!
Braiding the Character with the Plot
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WHAT IS HIS/HER JOURNEY?
Best VideoGame Stories
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