Sunday, January 29, 2017

Let the writing begin!

Greetings to all!

We were once again treated to a full table, including the author of the Bookminder series Megan Wiseman! I'm trying out some new stuff this year, starting off with a focus on "Looking at what makes a published book work". With that being said, today's book was Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.

Next W.B., we will talk about Holes by Sachar. In this book, look for character development! We will discuss how characters are introduced, what changes they undertake, and how this relates to the plot. If there is time, we will also discuss certain character's try/fail cycles and what came out of these story events.

Write on, everyone!

P.S. I've put a link to Megan's website up at the right side of this page.

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 and the Writer's Block Returns!

Happy New Year everyone!

We had a relaxing start to the W.B. this year, did a little catching up and some recap of December's W.B.
Then we got down to business!
I.   BREAKING DOWN A BOOK: Storm Warning (The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher.
     1. The 'prep work': Look at the chapter-by-chapter structure (location / characters / events).
     2. Discuss how the story arc is portrayed and structured.
     3. Redeeming qualities verses issues of the story.
II.  We talked about Enneagram of Personality and the 9 personality 'archtypes' along with how they interact on the enneagram chart.
III.    Our book that we will break down for the 1/23 W.B.: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
         We will start with chapter 1 (setting, characters, events) and move on through to the end of the book. Ask yourself "What resonated?" Note the important, emotional elements. Try to find story arc links and what is skipped over. I'll try to get the chapter breakdown put together electronically and posted out here before the next meeting.
    If the magic is REALLY working in my favor I'll try to get the Storm Warning break down up on the blog as well!