Do you create wonderful, three-dimensional characters who then stumble around blindly in your book, trying to find a story? As a frequent critiquer, contest judge, and the recipient of many, many rejection and revision letters over the years, Kara Lennox has witnessed and personally experienced just about every way your plot can veer into a ditch.
In this workshop she’ll cover the fifteen most common problems, how to spot them and how to fix them. Some common problems covered include :
A premise that isn’t compelling enough (includes discussion of “high concept”)
the cute meet that goes nowhere
starting in the wrong place
lack of clear-cut goals for your characters
too many conflicts
stakes are too low
the plot moves too slowly
the dreaded saggy middle
plot moves too fast;
plot is too predictable
plots that rely on convenience, coincidence and contrivance
the drama doesn’t build
loss of focus
weak black moment
The workshop includes illustrative examples from well-known movies, books, the author’s own supply of failed plots, and samples made up just for this workshop. If time permits, the author will take questions and make suggestions for solving plot problems on the spot.
About the Instructor:
Kara Lennox, a.k.a. Karen Leabo, is the award- winning, bestselling author of more than sixty novels of romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin and Bantam/ Random House. Currently she is working on the next installment of her romantic suspense series, Project Justice, published by Harlequin Superromance. Also, several of her classic Bantam Loveswept novels (writing as Karen Leabo) have been re-released in e-book form by Random House, with more scheduled for next year.
This is a 4-week online course that uses email and Yahoo Groups. The class is open to anyone wishing to participate. The cost is $30.00 per person or, if you are a member of OCCRWA, $20.00 per person.
For more information on enrollment, please follow the link.