Essentials of Characterization and Plotting

Essentials of Characterization and Plotting

In this course, we will discuss how to plot, what keeps it moving, and how storytellers drag readers into a fictional world and keep them there. We’ll learn point of view, story structure, pacing, world building, how to connect the beginning, middle and end, and more.

Lesson One: Brainstorming

Lesson Two: Backstory, Plot Sketches, Show, Don’t Tell and Effective Description

Lesson Three: Character is Action, Plot is Action

Lesson Four: GMC – Goal, Motivation and Conflict Goal, Urgency, Motivation

Lesson Five: Writing Strong Characters and Viewpoint, Deep Point of View, Stimulus and Response

Lesson Six: Sagging Middles

Lesson Seven: Scene and Sequel Structure

Lesson Eight: Plotting Methods

Lesson Nine: Creating Dimensional Characters

Lesson Ten: Adding Tension and Danger

Lesson Eleven: Writing Sexual Tension

Lesson Twelve: Basic Worldbuilding

Tambra Nicole Kendall - My summers were spent at the public library in the comfort of air conditioning with the heady scent of musty books. When I discovered historical romance, category romance with some Nancy Drew tossed in; I knew what I wanted to write. I love happy endings!

I’m a lover of hot tea, hot coffee, and chocolate.

I’m a Whovian, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fan. Favourite movies include James Bond and documentaries of anything with Lucy Worsley in it on the BBC.

I’m a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the following chapters: Northwest Houston, Kiss of Death Romantic Suspense, Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal and Hearts Through History, which pretty much sums up what I write and love to read.

My publishing credits include nonfiction:  magazine, newspaper and trade publications as well as a specialty children’s book on ADHD I wrote, illustrated and published.  I’m a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and I have an Associate of Arts in English from San Jacinto College.

10/4/2021 - 10/30/2021

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