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From: Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story

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And there you have it, what we are wired to expect in every story and the tools to make sure your story meets those expectations every time. So, what are the next steps? First, write every single day, even if it's just a little. The more you get into the habit, the easier it will become. Second, join a local writers group. Just having a deadline can be incredibly motivating. The thing you want to keep in mind is that writing is a process, one that takes time.

Next steps

And there you have it, what we are wired to expect in every story and the tools to make sure your story meets those expectations every time. So, what are the next steps? First, write every single day, even if it's just a little. The more you get into the habit, the easier it will become. Second, join a local writers group. Just having a deadline can be incredibly motivating. The thing you want to keep in mind is that writing is a process, one that takes time.

And while finishing your first draft will be thrilling, exhilarating, utterly fabulous, that's also when the work really begins. When you get to that stage, hire a professional editorial consultant. Look for someone who's been an agent, an editor, or a writing instructor at a reputable institution. You want an objective pro who can help guide you through the revision process. But that doesn't mean you didn't get it right. If there's one thing every successful writers process includes, it's rewriting.

Talent aside, in my experience what really separates the writers who make it from those who don't is perseverance along with a wholehearted desired to zero in on what isn't working and fix it. The good news is that the writing community is supportive, caring, and friendly. To help you get acquainted with it, I've put together a list of resources, websites, and books that you might find helpful. You'll find this list in your exercise files. Here is my parting advice, be kind to yourself when you write and be mean to yourself when you don't.

Here's hoping our paths cross again soon, 'til then, onward and upward my friends.

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Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story

39 video lessons · 19205 viewers

Lisa Cron
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  1. 2m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 45s
    2. How to use this course
      55s
  2. 9m 38s
    1. Explanation (What is a story?)
      3m 34s
    2. Example (What is a story?)
      4m 14s
    3. Story check (What is a story?)
      1m 50s
  3. 8m 46s
    1. Explanation (Hooking your reader)
      3m 51s
    2. Example (Hooking your reader)
      3m 19s
    3. Story check (Hooking your reader)
      1m 36s
  4. 8m 51s
    1. Explanation (All stories make a point)
      2m 56s
    2. Example (All stories make a point)
      3m 54s
    3. Story check (All stories make a point)
      2m 1s
  5. 9m 33s
    1. Explanation (Feeling what the protagonist feels)
      3m 43s
    2. Example (Feeling what the protagonist feels)
      3m 19s
    3. Story check (Feeling what the protagonist feels)
      2m 31s
  6. 7m 6s
    1. Explanation (All protagonists have a goal)
      2m 36s
    2. Example (All protagonists have a goal)
      3m 9s
    3. Story check (All protagonists have a goal)
      1m 21s
  7. 7m 37s
    1. Explanation (Uncovering your protagonist's inner issue)
      2m 53s
    2. Example (Uncovering your protagonist's inner issue)
      2m 27s
    3. Story check (Uncovering your protagonist's inner issue)
      2m 17s
  8. 9m 58s
    1. Explanation (Being specific rather than vague)
      4m 51s
    2. Example (Being specific rather than vague)
      3m 33s
    3. Story check (Being specific rather than vague)
      1m 34s
  9. 9m 3s
    1. Explanation (Suspense and conflict)
      3m 29s
    2. Example (Suspense and conflict)
      4m 6s
    3. Story check (Suspense and conflict)
      1m 28s
  10. 10m 35s
    1. Explanation (Cause and effect)
      4m 0s
    2. Example (Cause and effect)
      4m 16s
    3. Story check (Cause and effect)
      2m 19s
  11. 11m 50s
    1. Explanation (What can go wrong, must)
      4m 42s
    2. Example (What can go wrong, must)
      5m 0s
    3. Story check (What can go wrong, must)
      2m 8s
  12. 10m 59s
    1. Explanation (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between)
      4m 19s
    2. Example (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between)
      5m 6s
    3. Story check (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between)
      1m 34s
  13. 11m 7s
    1. Explanation (Flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing)
      4m 56s
    2. Example (Flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing)
      4m 20s
    3. Story check (Flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing)
      1m 51s
  14. 1m 49s
    1. Next steps
      1m 49s

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