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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 1 Writing the Great American Novel Or Teaching Writing Concepts at Writing Conferences A Capstone Project submitted to Southern Utah University For partial fulfilment of the Master of Arts in Professional...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 4 Table of Contents Abstract………………………………………………………………………………………….2 Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………….…..3 Introduction………………………………………………………………………………….…...5 Presentation...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 5 Introduction: As a professional writer, nothing bothers me more than having practically everyone I meet tell me that they want to write a best-selling novel. They make it sound like all they have to do is sit down...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 7 hero or protagonist to accomplish. It is usually asked as a question. For example, will Sheba find her namesakes mythical kingdom. The second component is the Story Stakes which explains why the story is...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 15 However, in this Capstone Project, grounded theory is being used for two things: 1. To find the information necessary to produce the script and create PowerPoint slides for teaching the different topics to...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 17 PowerPoint presentations help keep the presenter on track. They are easy to make and easy to read. However, PowerPoint presentations are used so often that they tend to be horribly boring with too much...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 18 Lesson Overview Lesson 1: This lesson teaches the three steps that show to make an outline that ensures that the message is clear and compelling. 1. The presenter needs to decide on the Goal of the presentation....
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 19 3. It is essential to explain why the number on a slide are important. Take the time to explain charts and graphs. The presenter shouldn’t expect the audience to automatically understand as much about his...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 20 Step 4: Additional information. This might not be necessary, but can be added if needed. Lesson 4 This lesson discusses the colors and fonts that work best for a PowerPoint Presentation. Color and text must have...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 21 Lesson 6 Lesson six discusses using photos and Images. The presenter must be careful to use only pictures from Creative Commons licenses. There are a number of royalty-free images on the morguefile.com and...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 24 However, as I worked with Art and Matt, my vision began to expand. All the books I read and coded helped me, both as a professional writer, and as a teacher. I began to better understand nebulous concepts like...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 27 Appendix One Script—Core Concepts—1 hour Slide 1—title—taken from Story Engineering—Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing by Larry Brooks Slide 2—Core competency #1--Concept Slide 3--Concept...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 28 Slide 8—Core Competency #4—Story Structure There are 4 parts to Story Structure that fit into 4 boxes. Each box takes about 25% of the book. There are about 60 scenes per book divided by 4 Slide 9—Story...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 30 Slide 36—Putting it all together The only way to become a great writer is to write, have someone (not your spouse or your best friend) critique your writing and then rewrite. Slide 1 Slide 2
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 42 Appendix Two Plotting by the Numbers Plotting Using Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet Plotting by the Numbers Blake Snyder, a screen writer divided a screen play into different beats. I’ve changed the numbers so that...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 44 out that last, best idea that will save himself and everyone around him. But at the moment, that idea is nowhere in sight. We must be beaten and know it to get the lesson. Break into Three (85)—thanks to what...
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    • Writing the Great American Novel 54 restaurant and a bomb goes off. Suspense is when the audience sees the ticking bomb under the table and wonders when it will go off. Instant Suspense Microobstacles are a seemingly small incident that occurs in a...

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