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In this course, author Lisa Cron digs into the craft of writing a compelling story based on what the brain is wired to respond to in every story we hear. Whether you're writing a story from scratch, or revising your story for the umpteenth time, this course offers practical how-to advice, then illustrates it using before-and-after examples. Discover how to craft a first page, zero in on your story's point, create empathy, find a character's secret goals and inner issues, translate generics into specifics, write for suspense, create cause-and-effect connections, build momentum and tension, and deftly implement setups, payoffs, flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing.
This course has been organized so that each chapter has three movies. In the first movie of each chapter, I'll provide an overview explanation of the story principle we will be discussing. In the second movie, we'll peek over the shoulder of a writer as her work goes from a weak before to a strong after, by incorporating a principle we've been discussing. In the third movie, I'll give you a checklist of questions to ask yourself when you begin to write or rewrite your own story.
And if you aren't writing a story yet, don't worry. You can practice on the exercise examples provided at the end of each chapter. The checklists and the exercise examples can be found in the Exercise Files tab on the Course Details page. If you're watching this tutorial on a DVD, the exercise files are included there. With that in mind, let's begin.
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