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    • Page 6

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 6 emotion and dialogue to pitching to an agent, what a writer needs to know about self-publishing, designing a novel cover and how to write a great first page. Those people who teach these classes go through the...
    • Page 7

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • 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...
    • Page 8

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 8 Suspense and Conflict: One of the most important themes is conflict and suspense. Conflict builds suspense. Tension and suspense are the same thing. Amy Deardon in her book, How to Develop Story Tension discusses...
    • Page 9

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 9 K.M. Weiland in her book Outlining your Novel takes the writer step by step through the outlining process. In Chapter One, she answers the questions of should you outline, what are the benefits of outlining, then...
    • Page 10

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 10 the writer made in the very first scene and how if that doesn’t happen then the writer will lose the reader who probably won’t buy another book from that writer. She talks about the ‘very last scene, last...
    • Page 12

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 12 Story Structure: Larry Brooks’ book Story Engineering covers in some detail all the elements of writing. He says that “neither a killer idea nor a Shakespearean flair for words will get you published without a...
    • Page 13

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 13 young wizard is sent to boarding school where he finds that someone is trying to steal a stone that can give life to the most evil wizard that ever lived. One of the big mistakes that a writer can make is to...
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    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • 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...
    • Page 22

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 22 Using the Beat Sheet or how to outline your novel effectively isn’t integral to the actual story. In other words, the reader won’t know if the writer is an outliner or a pantser. A pantser is a writer who just...
    • Page 25

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 25 your life. There were sections on maintaining balance between home, work, and writing if writing wasn’t yet a full time career. Classes could be taught on query letters and making a pitch to an agent, as well as...
    • Page 26

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 26 References “Advantages and Disadvantages of PowerPoint.” Boundless Communications. Boundless, 26 May. 2016. Retrieved 06 Jun. 2016 from...
    • Page 27

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • 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...
    • Page 28

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • 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...
    • Page 42

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • 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...
    • Page 43

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 43 upside down version, the antithesis. These worlds are so distinct that stepping into Act two must be definite. The hero must choose to leave the old world and step into the new one—he is being proactive. This...
    • Page 44

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • 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...
    • Page 53

    • Writing--Technique; Fiction--Technique
    • Writing the Great American Novel 53 Appendix Three Your Suspense Toolbox Macro Suspense Suspense is what is going to happen next to your lead character and does it mean death to the hero. Each scene must end with suspense to keep the reader turning...
    • Page 66

    • Writing--Education; Composition (Language arts); College preparation programs; Education, Secondary
    • 62 writing about a random topic made it even more difficult”; “I never know how to begin my papers”; “You actually need to know what the story was about”; and “I have never wr[itten] a literary analysis.” 5. What was the easiest piece? The students...
    • Page 118

    • Writing--Education; Composition (Language arts); College preparation programs; Education, Secondary
    • 114 The common denominator among all of these strategies and therefore may have contributed the most to the class’s overall success was to establish a climate of trust. Most students report a certain level of competitive distrust among their peers...

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