The Hero’s Journey, in 12 Steps
This material was covered at the April '09 general meeting by guest speaker Beckie Ugolini (source: Christopher Vogler's "Writing the Hero's Journey")
- Ordinary World
- Call to Adventure
- Refusal of Call
- Meet the Mentor
- Crossing the First Threshold
- Tests, Allies, and Enemies
- Approaching the Inmost Cave (Second Threshold)
- Supreme Ordeal
- Road Back
- Return with the Elixir (Lesson/Theme)
Top Ten Plotting Mistakes Writers Make
Award-winning romance novelist and workshop leader Alicia Rasley offers ten hints.
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30 Tools That Can Help You In Writing
Roy Peter Clark from Poynter Institute has posted up 50 tools that can help you when you do any kinds of writing. This is a extensive list of writing tools, but by no mean you need to apply all of them when you do any writing. The Writing Tool links start from the Web site listed.
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Writing Tips from NTRWA
The North Texas Romance Writers of America has a Web page of writing tips. Some of the links on the page work, some don't. But the information is there and available.
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Warnings about Agents
Advice from Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. about agents who may be dishonest or incompetent ones and who relieve writers of money and waste their time.
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Question & Answer Complete Short Course for Writers Hatrack River
Best known for his science fiction novels Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card has written in many other forms and genres. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story Gert Fram in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of Ender's Game in the August issue of Analog.
Orson Scott Card's Web site contains a complete short course for writers. It is apparently in question and answer form.
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Writers Boot Camp
Writers Boot Camp empowers writers and creative professionals to achieve personal and career breakthroughs for writers or collaborators in the entertainment industry.
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Publisher's Market Place is a dedicated marketplace for publishing professionals to find critical information and unique databases, find each other, and to do business better electronically. It is a pay service, but according to a well-known Austin agent, it is worth the price of subscription.
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Critters is an on-line workshop/critique group for serious writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. You get your work critiqued in exchange for critiquing the work of others, both of which are invaluable ways to improve your writing. It's run by Dr. Andrew Burt, former vice-president of Science Fiction Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and his army of software minions. Critters is free (except for the work of doing critiques!).
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. started as the Science Fiction Writers of America was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight, who also served as its first president. In 1992, the membership voted to officially change the name to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
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More to come.
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