We also learned about myth structure and character arcs, the inciting incident that launches the protagonist's journey or quest, what it takes to make a character interesting, as well as what constitutes an interesting setting. What makes a good antagonist. How to raise the stakes for the protagonist. How to develop the middle of the story. I could go on...
Check out Catherine's wonderful web site www.WritersCheatSheets.com for much, much more.
This week we move on to plotting--The Story Problem. Then I have just two weeks to revise and submit the story I've been hoping to get published for several years. Hopefully, this will be a quick course to success for me!
"The reality is this--
the muse doesn't exist.
What exists is your IMAGINATION."
I'm going to finish with a pitch for a really great book. If you need one more kick in the pants before you start your novel, or pick up your paints, or give voice to your song, run out right this very minute and pick up "Big Magic--Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love." Be prepared to take notes.