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WD university - how to outline

Postby mike m. » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:32 pm

there is still time to sign up

https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/courses/outlining-your-novel

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly used, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer's arsenal.

With the help of the book Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland, you will learn how to write an outline, including what type of outline is right for you, brainstorm plot ideas, and discover your characters.

The instructor for the workshop is Elizabeth Huergo.

many other good classes for the aspiring writer
https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/catalog

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Re: WD university - how to outline

Postby mike m. » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:04 pm

even pantsers will find these sections useful

Session One: Choosing the Best Outlining Method for You

Introduction to the Workshop
Conventional Outlines
Unconventional Outlines
Creating Your Story Summary
Session Two: Crafting Your Premise

Brainstorming Your Premise
Discovering the Components of a Solid Premise
Accessing Originality
Finding Your Story’s “Extraordinary Factor”
Session Three: General Sketches: Connecting the Dots

Creating the Scene List
Discovering Your Character’s Motive
Discovering Your Conflict
Discovering Your Theme
Session Four: Character Sketches: Exploring Backstory

Exploring the Inciting and Key Events
Crafting Your Backstory
Utilizing Subtext
Realizing When Your Backstory Is Your Story
Session Five: Character Sketches: Interviewing Your Characters

Creating a Likable and Interesting Protagonist
Avoiding Character Pitfalls
Conveying Your Character
Planning Minor Characters
Session Six: Discovering Your Setting

Choosing the Right Setting for Your Story
Identifying Your Climactic Setting
Using a Real-Life Setting vs. a Made-Up Setting
Bringing Your Settings to Life
Session Seven: Writing the Extended Outline

Planning Your Story Structure
Outlining the First Act
Outlining the Second Act
Outlining the Third Act
Session Eight: Creating the Abbreviated Outline

Understanding Scenes and Sequels
Constructing Motivation-Reaction Units
Understanding Action/Reaction
Evaluating POV Choices

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Re: WD university - how to outline

Postby ostarella » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:43 pm

An organic writer might find some bits and pieces in there, but I'm not sure it would be worth the time and effort to ferret them out, especially at that price.

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Re: WD university - how to outline

Postby mike m. » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:40 am

[quote="ostarella"]An organic writer might find some bits and pieces in there, but I'm not sure it would be worth the time and effort to ferret them out, especially at that price.[/quote]
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the price may be high for some folks
but i believe that anyone could get some good ideas from it

an alternative is to read the book they are using
you get most of the ideas for a lot less money

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Re: WD university - how to outline

Postby ostarella » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:54 am

Or peruse the internet - a lot of good advice out there from published authors, agents, and others in the publishing industry on all matters of writing.

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Re: WD university - how to outline

Postby mike m. » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:23 am

[quote="ostarella"]Or peruse the internet - a lot of good advice out there from published authors, agents, and others in the publishing industry on all matters of writing.[/quote]
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if you know what you want to find out about

the WD class seems to be aimed at new writers who dont know what they need to know more about

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Re: WD university - how to outline

Postby ostarella » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:22 pm

Well, how would they know that class is something they should look at? It's another resource, of course, but one among many (and probably shouldn't be considered until one has done basic free research to see if it's something they actually think will help them).

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Re: WD university - how to outline

Postby mike m. » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:18 pm

[quote="ostarella"]Well, how would they know that class is something they should look at? It's another resource, of course, but one among many (and probably shouldn't be considered until one has done basic free research to see if it's something they actually think will help them).[/quote]
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i think the class outline speaks for itself

and i disagree with your sequence of events
this is for beginners who do not know what they should look for yet
take the class and have a solid basis
then they can research on their own to fill gaps in their knowledge

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Re: WD university - how to outline

Postby rob-lost » Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:09 pm

They don't have to research alone.

My local community college has classes less expensive, and that provide for direct interaction.

https://cereg.harpercollege.edu/flexibleregistration/index.jsp?frc=CE3&q=crn:20607,20604,20603,20600,20728

Because Writers Digest is focused on being published, classes like these community college classes may be a better fit for this simply seeking to improve their writing skills. Nevertheless, there are classes on fiction, on nonfiction, technical writing, publishing, novel-writing (including a NaNoWriMo class), and so on. Depending on the institution, you may even be permitted to "audit" the class, sit in on a session or two before choose to enroll.
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Re: WD university - how to outline

Postby mike m. » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:59 pm

[quote="rob-lost"]They don't have to research alone.

My local community college has classes less expensive, and that provide for direct interaction.

https://cereg.harpercollege.edu/flexibleregistration/index.jsp?frc=CE3&q=crn:20607,20604,20603,20600,20728

Because Writers Digest is focused on being published, classes like these community college classes may be a better fit for this simply seeking to improve their writing skills. Nevertheless, there are classes on fiction, on nonfiction, technical writing, publishing, novel-writing (including a NaNoWriMo class), and so on. Depending on the institution, you may even be permitted to "audit" the class, sit in on a session or two before choose to enroll.[/quote]
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you are lucky
never had a uni or cc near us that had anything decent about writing

i learned most of what i know from WD
having to write , or else, for business
and my own research from WD books and others on publishing
more recently the internet has had useful info
but back then there was no internet at all
so it was books and magazines or nothing

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