Workshop: Fiction Jargon, Rules, and Techniques for Beginners
Writing Techniques – How do you get the whole thing written? Books are rather long!
Writing Rules -Have to know/understand the reason behind the rules and be able to use them before breaking them is a good idea. Trained artists became impressionists. They are tools to fix what doesn’t work; they are rescuers. Creativity can be limited by them so use them as a rewriting tool.
MRU –catalyst, IM, action, dialog (feeling, reflex, action/speech)
Scene and Sequel –Goal, Conflict, Disaster/Reaction, Dilemma, Decision)
Get in late/out early
Raise the stakes
Don’t follow your English teacher’s rules legalistically in fiction.
Echoes, overused words
Exclamation points, italics, semi-colons
Is your frustration with the rules really because of art or is it laziness?
Publishing Jargon – How to get noticed if traditional publishing is the goal
One sheet/sell sheet
Craft Books and Blogs Recommended
My blog has a post on free fiction lessons gathered from around the Internet for beginners wanting to teach themselves. Look to the right of the webpage and find “Writing Mechanics” and then click “writing lessons.”